Survey of Scholarly Reading Practices

Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment (formerly, Studies on Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century) is undertaking our first-ever survey of scholarly reading practices.


Published by the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford, the Studies has been publishing scholarly work on the Enlightenment since 1955.  This success is due in good part to its strong bond with you, its readers, authors and reviewers. As we move forward into our seventh decade, the editorial team seeks to ensure that our books continue to provide the scholarly community with innovative research on important topics -- and to make this work as readily accessible as possible.


Our goal in this survey is to learn how our community access scholarship, in print and in digital format. To do so, we have designed an online, anonymous and confidential survey of scholarly reading practices, and we are seeking your help to ensure that we ascertain the views of a broad range of eighteenth-century scholars. We seek a response that is representative of our “republic of letters,” with representation from across the range of professional ranks, disciplinary backgrounds, and national specializations.


The survey will open for responses on Wednesday September 27 and remain open until Friday October 29. The survey requires fewer than 15 minutes and can be completed, in either English or French, by following this link: Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment survey of scholarly reading practices.


For each response completed, the Voltaire Foundation will make a charitable contribution to two groups which work on behalf of the Enlightenment values of toleration, individual freedom and respect for all human beings -- Amnesty International and Médecins Sans Frontières.


Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment survey of scholarly reading practices


Further details concerning the survey are available below. Please address any questions or concerns to Gregory S. Brown, General Editor of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment, senior research fellow of the Voltaire Foundation, and Professor of History at University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Gregory.Brown@voltaire.ox.ac.uk.

We look forward to communicating our findings with the scholarly community in due course.. Thank you for your support of Oxford University Studies in the Enlightenment!


Technical Information: Entering the survey implies an acknowledgement of informed consent to participate. All aspects of the survey distribution and responses will be kept entirely confidential. The protocols for handling data and ensuring the confidentiality of respondents will be conducted according to established best practices of scholarly research, on the Qualtrics on-line survey platform. Those who respond to the invitation to participate will receive no other mailings, no cookies or beacons will be written to the browsers of respondents, and no identifying data about the responses (other than the responses to the survey questions) will be recorded. Once the data is aggregated and analyzed, no individual responses will be retained.  As is consistent with the longstanding practice and ethos of the Voltaire Foundation, all questions and responses will be available in English and French.