Concepts of Authorship applied in the Bibliography
Authorship in a modern scholarly setting involves assigning credit for a substantial intellectual contribution in the work to one or more known persons. Collaboration in historical research is common and is frequently recognized in a sharing of authorship among several contributors or editors, all of whom share responsibility for the research.This bibliography includes many literary products where authorship is indeterminate or the subject of on-going inquiry. Further, cultures covered by this bibliography give less credence to literary authorship than modern western culture. This circumstance occasionally poses problems of identification to the bibliographer dealing with such works. In such cases, the researcher will recognize that, in the case of primary sources, the determination of authorship made by the modern editor of the particular work will be followed.In some cases, authorship of a work determines meaning. One well-known case is in the questionable attribution of a number of New Testament epistles to the aposlte Paul. In this bibliography, where attributions do not reflect the strong consensus in the scholarly field, that attribution will be avoided in assignment to subject categories. This does not reflect a bibliographic weakness, however. Multiple ways of accessing an item provide flexibility to avoid reliance on subject categories or authorship attributions. Researchers of course welcome on-going investigation of attributions.
-Jan Phillips, 2015