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I have just started my Ms.c, and I'm now really starting to read publications, and I think that many times the link to a paper could make it easier to formulate and scope a question.

I guess that some publications are publicly available, while others may be only in a journal, and readers have to buy it. I have also seen links from google scholar to my universities library, which probably paid for having that article\a copy of the journal. So: How do I determine if its legal to publish a link to a publication\paper?

I will consider all answers as IANAL answers

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IANAL

I doubt very much that posting a google scholar link will cause any problems. Such links are public. If the person clicking the link doesn't have access, I think the link won't actually work. You might want to spend a few minutes seeing if an author page has a link that can be accessed by anyone.

And again, IANAL

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  • $\begingroup$ My question was actually about posting a link that I found using google scholar, but direction to a PDF. And thanks for the IANAL - haven't though that this may scare people. $\endgroup$ Dec 31 '12 at 1:02

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