[sic]: We explain the meaning of the term
There are some special terms in editorial usage. If the abbreviation [sic] catches your eye while reading an article and you don't know the meaning, our guide explains what it's all about.Proper citation is mandatory in serious journalism. Aids such as [sic] are therefore all the more important.
This is how [sic] comes into play - and this is what it meansThe abbreviation [sic] refers to the Latin phrase "sic erat scriptum", which means "so it was written". It is therefore an editorial note.
- Application of this note is always in connection with quotations, if they contain an error in the original.
- With [sic] it is pointed out that the error actually arises from the original quotation and not the editing.
- The spelling in square brackets instead of round brackets is standard.