Our role as editors of The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality (CCIES) has been carefully limited to recruiting scholars who could report with some authority about the sexual attitudes, values, and behavioral patterns of a particular country or some particular aspect. We provided them with our standard content outline, and left them free to write. We then copyedited their manuscript without altering in any way their thoughts, although we did seek clarification when necessary and encouraged them to fill in any gaps we found. In the case of chapters in volumes 1 to 3 published in 1997 and volume 4 published in 2001, we invited the original authors and some new authorities to update these chapters. Sometimes, we sought—or inadvertently found—scholars with alternative perspectives or interpretations who broadened an entry with commentary. As editors, our role has been that of a catalyst—to facilitate bringing together those with the broadest possible perspectives to enrich the product.
From The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Social Sciences.