Letter to to Our Readers

Summer, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

We are taking this opportunity to present to you Volume IV of The 21st Century Text, an online journal focusing on innovations in text preparation, language, and publishing, and the dynamics of international English.

Intended to enrich writers, editors, and publishing professionals — as well as teachers and students of English — The 21st Century Text is prepared for practitioners interested in honing their existing skills and acquiring new ones. We aim to impart practical knowledge essential for professional participation in what is being heralded as New Publishing, where digitization, evolving writer-editor-publisher relationships, and changing economic models offer unprecedented possibilities for text preparation and publication.

The journal reports on:

  • English as a global language
  • Usage-based grammar and English vernaculars
  • New tools for language analysis
  • Editorial scholarship and research
  • The impact of new models applied to publishing, marketing, and distribution

In this issue, our feature article is “Information Pathologies of the Internet and Web,” by The 21st Century Text coeditor Dr. Yosef Gotlieb, which describes problems of content and information management associated with the World Wide Web (WWW).[1]

We are also honored to publish* an “Editorial Toolbox” article written by Professor Mark Davies about the most recent addition to the cadre of corpora available through his website,  Global Web-Based English (GloWbE).

Issue Theme

The theme of the current issue is the practical aspects of editing. We are pleased to present contributions on this topic from veteran writers and editors. The first is an article entitled “The Writer-Editor Affiliation” written by Batya Shai, an experienced editor and published writer. Batya presents insights from both the writer’s and editor’s perspectives, cautioning us about potential stumbling blocks and highlighting the advantages of nurturing a positive relationship.

Rachelle Emanuel, an editor and translator, offers her experience of working with a translated text, with emphasis on respecting the writer’s message and the challenge of remaining true to the source while being clear to the readership. Elana Singer, English teacher and future editor, shares her notes of the process of text analysis. Susan Holzman reviews the practical commandments of initiating the editing process. Batya, Rachelle and Elana are graduates of the David Yellin College of Education’s Program in Editing and Editorial Analysis. Dr. Susan Holzman is a founding member of the Program’s faculty.

Our final segment is the literary section, which features Neal Whitman, poet, introducing us to an intriguing concept—collaborative poetry.

Contributions Invited

The editors invite contributions (see Submission Guidelines) from scholars, writers, editors, researchers, and other specialists whose insights will enhance the capacity of readers to contend with the changing landscape of text preparation and publishing. Queries and other communications should be directed to the editors at newpublishing@dyellin.ac.il.

The 21st Century Text is prepared and published by the faculty and students of the Text and Publishing Studies program, David Yellin College of Education, Jerusalem, Israel.

Wishing you a rewarding read,

Susan Holzman & Yosef Gotlieb

Faculty Editors



[1]  Scheduled for publication in late 2014


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