Frequently Asked Questions

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For Users

What is Brill Scholarly Editions?

Brill Scholarly Editions is a digital publication platform for text editions, translations, and commentaries.

You can find a full overview in the library.

New editions are added continuously.

Brill Scholarly Editions is meant to be a breath of fresh air. It offers the following advantages.

  • A reader that is designed to provide an uninterrupted reading experience and to display parallel texts side by side.
  • Connectivity and interoperability through implementation of standards developed by the scholarly community: TEI, CTS, FRBR.
  • Community building through Open source development.

Please also see the features page on this platform.

How does Brill Scholarly Editions work?

Brill Scholarly Editions consists of two parts: a library and a reader. The library gives an overview of works and textgroups. (A textgroup usually corresponds to an author). The reader is the place where the works are presented.

The library is found under the Browse option in the navigation bar. Enter the reader by clicking on the green access buttons in the main library page, by clicking on the read buttons on the information cards in the textgroup and work pages in the library.

There are three pages:

  • The "big" library page, listing all textgroups and works. Works are listed by textgroup. (Fold out a textgroup to see its works). Default sorting is alphabetically by textgroup name. Alternatives are sorting by CTS URN and sorting by work. The search bar at the top is a filter.
  • Textgroup pages, listing the works. More precisely, listing all work versions, as editions, translations and commentaries are considered versions of the same work. Work versions are listed in the form of information cards.
  • Work pages, again listing work versions in the form of information cards. Click the top of the card to go to the table of contents for that work. Click the bottom (the read button) to go to the reader.

The "big" library page has buttons besides the works (when the textgroup is folded out). The colour of these buttons tell you if have access. Hover over the buttons to see bibliographical information.

First of all, it presents the text of the scholarly editions. Chevrons at either side of the middle panel take you to previous and next pages.

There are two side panels that can fold out and in. The left panel allows you to navigate and to search. Navigate by entering a textpart number (or range) in the search field. Or navigate by clicking on the numbers in the ancestors or children widgets. Search by entering a term in the search field. This searches the work version you are currently reading.

The right panel contains various widgets for citing, downloading, morphology, and readability.

There are two ways to search in Brill Scholarly Editions:

  • The search widget in the left panel in the reader. This searches the work version you are currently reading.
  • The search page that can be reached by clicking the search button in the navigation bar. This searches the entire library. Search results can be filtered by textgroup and work, as well as by edition, translation, and commentary. Results are ordered by frequency. It is possible to use wildcards for sophisticated queries. This is explained on the search page itself, as well as in the How to section of this platform.

Note that the library allows you to browse and filter textgroups and work versions.

Download and install the relevant font, select the right keyboard, and start typing. More information can be found on Brill's fonts, scripts, and Unicode page, where the Brill font can be downloaded as well.

Yes. This is a feature of the reader. We call it "Add parallel version". This is explained in the How to section of this platform.

This message appears when two work versions are not completely parallel. For example, when you have an edition of a chapter with ten sections, and a translation of that chapter with only nine sections. Selecting the untranslated section in the edition whilst displaying the versions side by side will result in the blue message: the platform tries to retrieve the section in the translation, but is unable to find it (as it doesn't exist). If possible, the platform will select the ancestor of the section instead, the chapter in this case, and give everything it has for it.

Yes. Go to the Export passage widget in the reader (right panel). This downloads the text displayed in the reader at that moment. Select text to download in a plain text format. Select xml to download it in TEI XML format. Select source to download the TEI XML file for the entire work.

Downloaded materials are subject to the same copy right conditions as the contents on the site itself. See the terms and conditions for more information.

There is a citation widget in the right panel of the reader. This cites the publication containing the works.

If you want to cite the works themselves, or passages in them, you can use the CTS URN widget in the right panel of the reader. This gives a stable and unique identifier for the text, in a form that machine-readable yet adheres closely to traditional scholarly canonical references.

What is CTS?

Brill Scholarly Editions uses CTS URNs to identify works and passages. CTS, or Canonical Text Services, is part of the CITE Architecture, developed by Christopher Blackwell and Neel Smith.

A CTS URN, such as urn:cts:latinLit:phi1212.phi002.apo-ed-lat1:1.1.1 has the following syntax:

  • urn: this tells you it is a URN
  • cts: this tells you it is a CTS URN
  • latinLit: this tells you the namespace, in this case Latin literature
  • phi1212.phi002.apo-ed-lat1: this tells you (1) the textgroup, in this case it is Apuleius, (2) the work, in this case Metamorphoses, both using the PHI identifier scheme, and (3) the version, in this case the Brill online publication of the first version of the Latin text edition
  • 1.1.1: this tells you the structure of the work: there are three levels of textparts, and this is the first textpart (a section) in the first textpart (a chapter) in the first textpart (a book)

All works on Brill Scholarly Editions are digitzed in CTS compliant TEI XML which can be downloaded from the Export passage widget in the right panel in the reader.

All URLS for works on Brill Scholarly Editions consist of a prefix followed by a CTS URN.

The prefix is https://dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions/reader/. Adding a CTS URN to this results in a URL like https://dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions/reader/urn:cts:latinLit:phi1212.phi002.apo-ed-lat1:1.1.1-1.1.5/.

Technical questions

Yes. Responsive design allows Brill Scholarly Editions to be used on all devices: desktop, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

No. The site sets cookies for purposes of access management and usage analytics. Please see the Brill privacy statement

Use this tool to perform a privacy check of Brill Scholarly Editions.

We support current versions of the following browsers on Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS platforms:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Please keep in mind that no two browsers (or two versions of the same browser) will display pages in exactly the same way.

Yes. Brill Scholarly Editions supports AA criteria of WCAG 2.0. and should work with most screen-reading software. Please have a look at our Accessibility statement.

For Librarians

General

We want to give all scholars the best possible user experience. With this in mind we created a platform specifically for the publication of text editions. It is designed to provide an uninterrupted reading experience and to display parallel texts side by side.

Brill Scholarly Editions hosts text editions, translations, and commentaries. You can find a full overview in the library.

Yes. Responsive design allows Brill Scholarly Editions to be used on all devices: desktop, laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

No. The site sets cookies for purposes of access management and usage analytics. Please see the Brill privacy statement

Use this tool to perform a privacy check of Brill Scholarly Editions.

We support current versions of the following browsers on Windows, Macintosh, Android and iOS platforms:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari

Please keep in mind that no two browsers (or two versions of the same browser) will display pages in exactly the same way.

The following material is available:

The platform also has a dedicated How-to and FAQ pages for users and librarians.

Technical

No. Brill Scholarly Editions does not support OpenURL.

Yes. A digital object identifier (DOI) is available for every publication on Brill Scholarly Editions, and for every separate work version within an edition.

DOIs are included in the bibliographical data on the information cards in the textgroup and work pages in the library, and in the Cite this widget in the reader.

Yes. Machine Readable Cataloguing (MARC) records can be downloaded from brill.com. These records are NACO, SACO, AACR2, and RDS compliant.

No KBART files are available.

The site sets cookies for purposes of access management and usage analytics.

Please see the Brill privacy statement.

No. Brill Scholarly Editions packs all required fonts in the pages that contain the text.

Usage

Yes. Usage of Brill Scholarly Editions is registered. Brill provides usage statistics that are compliant with the COUNTER Code of Practice, Release 4.

To access the reports, login to the Brill Subscriber Services page.

Please see this page for more information.

You can download Counter usage reports in CSV and XML formats.

Please see this page for more information.

Login to the Brill Subscriber Services page.

Please see this page for more information.

Access and authentication

Access to Brill Scholarly Editions is possible by the following methods:

  • username and password
  • IP authentication
  • Shibboleth
  • OpenAthens

Please see this page for more information.

Librarian that use EZProxy should use links in the following format:

https://www.arkyves.org/scholarlyeditions/PRODUCTACRONYM. For example, https://www.arkyves.org/scholarlyeditions/AMO. Combine this with a prefix and EZProxy takes you to the correct place where you have full access, e.g. https://brill.idm.oclc.org/login?url=https://www.arkyves.org/scholarlyeditions/AMO.

All other librarians should use the default links. In this example, https://dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions/library/urn:cts:latinLit:stoa0023/ and https://dh.brill.com/scholarlyeditions/library/urn:cts:arabicLit:0668IbnAbiUsaibia/).

Brill Scholarly Editions supports IP address authentication. Updating your institution's IP addresses is done by our Sales Support team.

Please see this page for more information.

Yes. COUNTER4 reports registering usage of Brill Scholarly Editions can be exported in XML format. Librarians can import these files into their own SUSHI application.

Please see this page for more information.

Accessibility

Yes. Brill Scholarly Editions supports AA criteria of WCAG 2.0. and should work with most screen-reading software. Please have a look at our Accessibility statement.

Discoverability

They can crawl the library. The contents of the reader is off limits to them, unless the content is in Open Access.

Metadata from Brill Scholarly Editions is provided to the following discovery services:

  • EBSCO Discovery Service
  • OCLC
  • Summon

Communication

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Please contact our Sales Support team, putting "Scholarly Editions" in the subject line, or contact our sales staff directly.

Migration

The text editions and commentaries that previously lived on the Reference Works platform are being moved over to Brill Scholarly Editions.

This concerns the following publications:

  • Classic Arabic Texts Online
  • Coptic Gnostic Library Online
  • The Context of Scripture Online
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Biblical Texts
  • Dead Sea Scrolls Electronic Library Non-Biblical Texts
  • Flavius Josephus Online
  • Gregorii Nysseni Opera Online

We want to give all scholars the best possible user experience. With this in mind we created a platform specifically for the publication of text editions. It is designed to provide an uninterrupted reading experience and to display parallel texts side by side.

The migration is part of a larger effort to rejuvenate the platforms for specialty publications, such as reference works, bibliograpghies, dicitonaries, and primary sources, after we completed the overhaul of the new Brill site.

In October 2020, the text editions and commentaries from Reference Works will be published on Brill Scholarly Editions.

For several months, these publications will be available on both platforms, as we communicate the changes to the libraries and sort out any teething trouble.

At the end of this 'parallel run', Brill will update all links, DOIs, and metadata. All URLs will be redirected to corresponding pages on Brill Scholarly Editions.

On Brill Scholarly Editions, publications get their own URLs, consisting of a prefix followed by a CTS URN. Scholarly editions that move from Reference Works to Brill Scholarly Editions therefore get new URLs.

These new URLs will be communicated to you. Moreover, Brill will update all links, DOIs, and metadata. Lastly, all current URLs will be redirected to corresponding pages on Brill Scholarly Editions.

We do, however, recommend that you update links out to Brill Scholarly Editions to optimize user experience. We will communicate all new URLs in good time.

No, DOIs never change. Brill will notify CrossRef to make sure the DOIs resolve to the correct URLs at the end of the 'parallel run'.

Brill will provide discovery services with updated URLs and inform Crossref.

However, librarians will need to update all URLs used in library catalogues, discovery tools, and hyperlinks. All of this will be communicated in good time.

Access to Reference Works and Brill Scholarly Editions is in both cases managed by the same system. No interruption is expected.

Brill will set access to publications on Brill Scholarly Editions, so librarians will not be required to take actions. All your current holdings will be migrated.

If you are using EZ proxy, you will need to update the Brill Stanza. An updated stanza can be found here. When you make use of other proxy services you may want to check the settings and adjust.

No. You will continue to have access to Counter Reports (COUNTER4).

Libriarans need to be aware that usage will need to be collected for both Reference Works and Brill Scholarly Editions Counter reports for the year 2020.

Note also that the usage report on BrillOnline Reference Works is BR1, while on Brill Scholarly Editions it is DB1.

Brill will send communications to all categories of platform users whenever relevant.

More questions? Please contact us, putting "Scholarly Editions" in the subject line.