Manuscripts are transcribed and edited for publication as follows:
1. The manuscripts are transcribed and annotated by volunteers from scans of the original documents. These become the Level 1a transcripts. These are then checked by the Archivist (Charlotte) to make sure that the formatting instructions and conventions in the Transciption Protocol have been followed. Charlotte does not check all the text against the scans of the original documents – she only checks text which looks problematic.
2. The Level 1a transcripts are sent to other volunteers to check, edit and annotate. These become the Level 1b transcripts. The formatting is checked by Charlotte.
3. The Level 1b transcripts and endnotes are then carefully checked and edited by the Editors (Helen, Michael & Paula). These become the Level 2 transcripts. The formatting is checked by Charlotte.
4. The Level 2 transcripts are then given to the Senior Editor (George) who carefully reads through them, checking any ‘suspect’ text against the original scans. George also edits the endnotes and adds additional ones if necessary. These then become the Level 3 transcripts.
5. The Level 3 transcripts are then formatted for publication in The Correspondence of Alfred Russel Wallace. The formatting process involves adding metadata, replacing the full reference citations in the endnotes with author and date citations, and standardising the endnote biographies.