The  Editorial  Review  Panel  Shares  Its  “Editorial  Principles”

Over  the  years,  devotees  have  expressed  interest  in  knowing  more  about  The  Bhaktivedanta  Book Trust’s  book  editing  policies  and  practices,  especially  in  making  corrections  to  Srila  Prabhupada’s  books after  his  physical  departure.

To  address  the  devotees’  concerns  and  to  ensure  the  fidelity  of  Srila  Prabhupada’s  published  works,  on October  17,  2019,  the  BBT  and  the  GBC  conjointly  selected  and  assembled  an  independent  panel  of devotees  qualified  by  their  devotional  standing  and  deep  study  of  Srila  Prabhupada’s  books.  A  number of  the  panel  members  are  also  experienced  in  editing  and  editorial  processes.  This  panel  is  called  the Editorial  Review  Panel  (ERP  [previously  known  as  the  RRP]).

The  ERP’s  first  order  of  business  was  to  define  the  editorial  principles  they  would  use  to  evaluate  the editing  the  BBT  has  done,  especially  since  1977.  Their  paper,  “Editorial  Principles,”  (ratified  by  the Global  BBT  on  July  13,  2021)  follows.  Aside  from  a  description  of  the  editorial  principles  themselves, you  will  also  find  the  list  of  ERP  members,  information  on  how  the  editorial  principles  were  formulated, more  about  the  ERP’s  mandate,  and  what  will  be  done  with  the  ERP’s  work.

This  paper  is  intended  to  be  a  “living  document”  –  that  is,  it  may  be  amended  whenever  the  review  work requires  that  a  principle  be  added  or  made  clearer  or  expanded  upon  to  encompass  examples  the reviewers  encounter.  Both  editing  and  the  reviewing  of  it  are  dynamic  processes,  and  inevitably  not everything  will  fit  neatly  into  one  category  or  another;  so  we’ve  left  room  for  this  paper  to  develop,  as needed.  An  amendment  will  be  made  when  it  helps  the  ERP  to  more  closely  align  with  Srila Prabhupada’s  instructions.  For  this  reason,  the  BBT  may  approve  and  publish  an  occasional  revision  of the  “Editorial  Principles”  to  keep  the  ERP’s  process  transparent.

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  • Hare krishna

    I want to congratulate the BBT team for this type of initiative, for taking into account any corrections that may be made to Srila Prabhupada's books. Excellent decision.
    On the other hand, I want to suggest that the translations of the Vedabase in its Spanish version of the main works of SP be also reviewed, we have found some errors, omissions and translation errors of Srimad Bhagavatam in practically all Cantos, especially in Cantos 1 and 2.
    Thank you!
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