Work will start on the volume on the anniversary of Burns' birth
A new definitive edition of the works of Robert Burns is to be compiled by Glasgow University.
The project, which will take 15 years to complete, will begin in 2009 - the 250th anniversary of the bard's birth.
The Centre for Robert Burns Studies will undertake the task, commissioned by Oxford University Press.
The publisher said the "landmark" work would bring to light aspects of the life of Scotland's greatest poet which were not previously known.
The university said the project would bring together world-leaders in the field of Burns to help compile the multi-volume work, to be called Collected Works of Robert Burns.
Gerard Carruthers, editor of the publication, said: "This is a particularly opportune moment for such a venture here at Glasgow, as we have an outstanding group of scholars who have both the academic credentials required for such an edition, and the imagination and passion for Burns to produce something truly spectacular, which will be a lasting monument in textual and cultural scholarship."
Oxford University Press said the edition would replace its collection of Burns songs and poems, published in 1968.
The publisher's literature editor, Andrew McNeillie, said of the new work: "It will establish Burns for the 21st Century and illuminate corners of his life and work, and their afterlives, never brought to light before."
Advisers recruited to help with the project include US scholars Jerome McGann and G Ross Roy.