«Having been asked to assist in formalising a bibliography of the works of Sri Chinmoy, with any other publication related to the Master and his works, we saw that the thousand-plus titles needed a bibliographic structure somehow different than the ones commonly used.
In the citation keys page, we have described the criteria used to select proposed citation keys for the Master’s works. Of course, this effort is not final. Like all things it will have to endure the test of time, and be used by writers of many fields of work – scholars, essayists, students, journalists, etc.
In that perspective, some aspects will probably be changed over the next few years, to better adapt to the requirements of its users – the writers but also the readers.
It may seem extravagant to expend so much energy about such a small detail like citation keys. But if one thinks how much these keys can be of service to future generations of writers – if and when these keys will have successfully sustained the test of time – then such endeavour can be easily justified.
It is also important to differentiate the citation keys used for the bibliography, which implicitly address the first edition of each title (in Sri Chinmoy’s work case, we also felt right to choose to call them editio princeps – see note at the bottom of the citation keys page), and how one address a given work without referring to a particular edition.
Before proceeding, please note that, when it is a matter of citation keys, there is not such thing as «standard guidelines». These are the guidelines that have been used in compiling the bibliography of Sri Chinmoy’s writings, and with any other publication related to the Master and his works, available on this site. These same guidelines have been used in composing the bibliography for different canons in the course of our publishing activity over the past fifty years.»
[Note by Professor H. Lambert - translation by Vasudeva Server]