# Upcoming journal editions: read 'em and ask on the Stack (and get prizes)

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As the new monthly issues of your favorite journals are published, we want to remind you to ask those burning questions that pop into your head as you read through novel approaches, methods and cutting edge or controversial findings. Stack Exchange consists of remarkably bright and talented researchers and our community benefits greatly from more current and relevant questions. When you flip through your favorite journal and are downright astonished by some findings or perplexed by a method, share that curiosity here.

Staying up to date in the field betters your own expertise and sharing those quandaries with your peers furthers the discipline as a whole. To encourage good ole fashioned journal reading (winks at open access) users who ask questions about the current issues of whatever journal they like on the Stack are eligible for a drawing to win a year long subscription to a journal of their choosing (excluding obscure journals only in print in Kazakhstan with a zillion dollar fee). Before Christmas, all posts referencing (denoted with "citation") a current publication will be entered in the drawing and a random winner of all winners will be announced (plus secondary prizes).

*Updated: Includes article preprints from arxiv or any similiar source.

**Tag the post with "citation" and "journal name/source"

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I suspect very few of us actually browse journals. Most physicists read the preprints posted on the arxiv (http://arxiv.org) and hence read papers a significant time before they make it into print. Any chance of tweaking the rules to allow posts about papers on the arxiv within the previous month to be eligible? We've been specifically been encouraging people to give arxiv citations when possible as it is free for anyone to read the preprints there, and it contains a significant fraction of all recent physics papers.

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Yes, definitely. Updated to include arxiv.

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To be clear, what form must the citation take? You indicate using the word citation, but not necessarily how you expect it to be used. Do you want the entry tagged with "Citation", for instance?

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Great point. Updated.

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This question reminds me of a recent post by Gowers: http://gowers.wordpress.com/2011/10/31/how-might-we-get-to-a-new-model-of-mathematical-publishing/ It should be interesting to see what comes out of it.

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