Citation Style Language

Originally independent works republished in edited volumes, collected writing and so

Some style guides (MLA, Chicago) have this requirement: Titles of originally independent works that are now being republished in an anthology (“Collected Writings of …”) should be rendered in italics and not in quotes. There’s been some discussion about this here and here, and there seems to be a consensus that this should be covered somehow.

Biblatex uses an item type bookinbook for these cases. And I agree with @Nick_Bart that a separate item type would be a good solution for this problem. @bwiernik has proposed to use item type book with a container-title here. I am not opposed to this, but if this is going to be the official way, I think there are some requirements and also open questions:

  1. This should be handled consistently across styles. At the moment it does not work out of the box for Chicago or for MLA. For Chicago see my comments here, the MLA csl style uses the absence of container-title as a condition for using italics for the title.
  2. Users should know that this is the preferred way to handle such items.
  3. What happens with other fields in these cases? (For example editor: Is this the editor of the container or of the contained item? As I’ve proposed here we should probably add distinct roles for volumes and containers like volume-editor, container-editor to make things clearer here.)

I guess, we’d have to seriously play this through. I am afraid using the existence of a container-title as a condition for title formatting could lead to an even higher level of complexity in already complex styles like Chicago, and it might well be that a new item type could be a simpler solution.