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I ("interviewer") am a mathematician and plan to publish an interview with another (very famous, much more senior) mathematician ("interviewee") in a periodical of a local mathematical organization.

I already recorded a rather informal interview/conversation (a few years back, actually) and we are now turning this into an interview-style text.

Two questions:

  1. This texts certainly does not adhere to any journalistic standards (which I am sure exist) required of an interview. We now freely change order and contents of questions and answers to make the text clearer and hopefully more interesting; the interviewee can of course object to include anything of what was said and even add stuff that they forgot to mention in the original conversation etc. I do not desire to meet any journalistic standard, but would like to avoid giving a wrong impression by calling the text "interview". Is there a standard disclaimer for such a conversation? Is it enough to just mention "this text is bases on a conversation recorded in ... and edited in ..."? (I definitely want to call it "interview" and not "conversation" or whatever.)

  2. Who is the "author" of such a thing? The interviewer (who asks the question and types and edits it)? This seems to be the case in a "proper newspaper interview" (which this text is not). Or the interviewee (who provides the relevant part, the answers?) Or is it a joint work?

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    Have you looked at the several dozen interviews that have been published in College Mathematics Journal? See search1 and seach2 for some of these. These interviews have been collected together into (at least) two books (in fact, I have the two books in front of me right now as I'm preparing this comment), but for your purposes it would probably be better to look at the actual journal papers to see how what your asking was done. – Dave L Renfro May 20 at 10:20
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    This JSTOR search brings up many of the interviews I mentioned in my previous comment. – Dave L Renfro May 20 at 10:29
  • Great, thanks! It seems that for 2, it is possible to list as author (metadata) both {Interviewer, Interviewee}, and use as title/author combination in the actual document "An interview with Interviewee\\by Interviewer". This seems very reasonable. – Jakob May 20 at 11:53
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    Jakob, (hi!) it seems to me many mathematical interviews follow the format you suggest. Equations, technical explanations, etc, are added when the original exchange is transcribed and edited. This is also the case for interviews in literary magazines, where the interviewee receives the text for editing and further comments, sometimes through several rounds. – Andrés E. Caicedo May 24 at 22:54

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