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October 3rd, 2012

Journal articles

Recently, there have a been a couple of articles I’m interested in reading, but these articles only appeared in academic journals. Academic journals are far from open with their content (though I hope the tide is changing) and there was no way I was paying $30 for a copy of each of the two articles.

Instead, I e-mailed the authors of both articles. Both were professors, so their e-mail addresses were easy to find. I asked whether they might be able to send me a PDF copy of their article so that I didn’t have to pay the journal $30 for it. In both cases, just a few days later, the professors replied with copies of their articles.

There’s your Ping Lifehacking tip of the day: when things aren’t free, sometimes you just need to ask for them to be so.

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