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Resources for authors

All the useful links and explanations to help you start or polish your critical edition.

1. Preparing a critical edition

A step-by-step guide to preparing your edition. Perfect for authors tackling critical editions for the first time, but not to be underestimated as a refresher and checklist for experienced authors.

We have also compiled a list of useful links, particularly for finding digital editions.

We also love this article: The value of critical editions, by Marian Hobson.

2. Voltaire’s correspondence

Voltaire’s correspondence is fully searchable in Electronic Enlightenment.

This analytical index of the correspondence is another invaluable resource – it was prepared for the first edition of the correspondence, so references need to be updated using this concordance.

3. House style

Our style guide (for authors writing in French and in English).

4. Quoting Voltaire

You can search through Voltaire’s complete works using the TOUT VOLTAIRE database.

How to quote Voltaire: the edition to use gives a comprehensive list of Voltaire’s works, together with the most up-to-date edition to quote (we regularly update this as new volumes of OCV are published).

If you know that a text has been published in OCV and want to know which volume, you can use this Index of published texts in OCV, or the Index of published volumes.

5. Voltaire’s collective editions

We use standard sigla to identify Voltaire’s collective editions (French and English versions).