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General Editors

The academic and technical structure of the Internet Shakespeare Editions is managed in four principal areas. Coordinating Editors oversee all development of the ISE site. They are responsible both for the academic and technical development of the site. In each area one or more General Editors is responsible for the academic development and quality of the site, and an Advisory Board provides overall direction.

Administrative areas

  1. The preparation and review of the texts
  2. Shakespeare in performance 
  3. Shakespeare’s Life and Times
  4. Shakespeare in the classroom

Responsibilities of the General Editors

The Coordinating Editors

The Coordinating Editors oversees both academic and technical activities on the site, providing the “glue” that holds the various interconnected interests together. All other officers report to the Coordinating Editors. Officers should routinely copy the Coordinating Editor on any correspondence that is of particular importance, or that overlaps interests in other areas. The Coordinating Editors are ex-officio a member of all organization-level committees, and are members of the Board of Directors of the ISE Incorporated.
They are responsible for these activities:

  1. Providing general leadership of the ISE.
  2. Informing all officers of activities that are of interest to them.
  3. Overall coordination of the website and its associated publications.
  4. Prioritizing and consulting about general areas of further development on the site and in the academic side of the organization.
  5. Organizing general activities of the ISE, including the annual breakfast at the SAA.
  6. Liaising with the Board of Directors of the ISE Incorporated.
  7. Liaising with the University of Victoria to mobilize the resources committed by UVic to ISE Inc.
  8. Overseeing general communications and the development of communication strategies to enhance the profile of the ISE.
  9. Corresponding with all editors on matters concerning their contracts with the ISE.
  10. Corresponding with exterior bodies on matters that concern the general welfare of the ISE.
  11. Ensuring the creation and maintenance of documentation on all technical, editorial, stylistic, and administrative matters.
  12. Seeking avenues of support for the project both through volunteer work and funding.
  13. Overseeing any financial matters not covered by ISE Incorporated or individual grants made to faculty members.
  14. Coordinating the hiring and supervising of programmers and RAs where the funding comes from a source connected with the ISE.
  15. Ensuring the maintenance of archives for the ISE project and website.
  16. Ensuring that correspondence and feedback at all levels are dealt with personally or by delegation.
  17. Overseeing all questions of Intellectual Property concerning website content.

General Textual Editors

The General Textual Editors oversee all matters pertaining to the texts of Shakespeare’s works as they are published on the website, in print, or in any other media. 

  1. Guide the development of the ISE house style and modernization protocols and provide updates to the Editorial Guidelines. 
  2. Orchestrate the review process for new proposals, providing initial feedback to those submitting the proposal, then circulating the proposal to the full Editorial Board.
  3. Provide leadership, guidance, and encouragement to individual editors throughout the editorial process, from the proposal stage to the finished electronic and print editions. 
  4. Advise on issues such as choice of copy text, collation, and textual cruxes. 
  5. Delegate the peer review process for finished editions.
  6. Seek to ensure the highest scholarly standards, balancing the freedom of the individual editor with the needs and parameters of the larger project. 

In all matters of significance, the General Textual Editors consult together and with the Coordinating Editors before taking action.

General Performance Editor

The General Performance Editor (GPE), in consultation with the Performance Advisory Board, is responsible for guiding the continuing development and expansion of the Shakespeare in Performance database, and for promoting its usefulness in both the acting and scholarly communities.  

Together with the Associate Performance Editor, the GPE is responsible for these activities:

  1. Setting the overall parameters and metadata standards.
  2. Liaising with the Editor of Scene to suggest Regional Performance Editors to the Coordinating Editors, who will make appointments on behalf of the ISE Boards. 
  3. Empowering Regional Editors in their work (by providing letters of introduction to theater companies, for example). The GPE may call upon the STA Representative to introduce Regional Editors to theater companies in North America. 
  4. In association with the Associate Performance Editor, mentoring and monitoring the Regional Editors:
    1. Showing them how to use the SIP interface
    2. Introducing them to Scene
    3. Managing access rights to the database interface, or delegating this task to a local RA at the GPE’s workplace and supervising the RA's work.

In consultation with the Associate Performance Editor, the GPE reports annually to the Editorial Board, giving an oral report at the Shakespeare Association of America annual meeting at the ISE Breakfast held in conjunction with the SAA. They will provide a short summary to be circulated to all editors and members of the Board after the SAA for the benefit of those unable to attend.

Editor of the review site, Scene

The editor of Scene is responsible for the overall academic quality of the reviews published by the journal, and supervises Regional Editors who contribute.

Reviews in Scene are of two types:

  1. "Pre-publication" of first impressions of a production, intended for a rapid response in the early days of performance. 
  2. Formal reviews, peer reviewed.

The editor of Scene also undertakes these tasks:

  1. Overseeing all peer review, ideally establishing a "stable" of "review reviewers" to ensure rapid turnaround.
  2. Mentoring Regional Performance Editors as they submit materials for the database of Shakespeare in performance (SIP) and uploading informal reviews directly.

The Editor of Scene liaises with the General Performance Editor, the Associate Performance Editor, and the Associate Coordinating Editor, as needed.

Editors for Shakespeare's Life and Times (SLT 2.0)

Education Editor