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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) or support to attend a conference. 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).

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

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    $\begingroup$ I've been thinking about this... of course I couldn't predict how well it will work, but most of us who ever look at journal articles do so through institutional subscriptions, or we read them as the preprints are posted on arXiv. As far as I know relatively few people get individual journal subscriptions these days, so that's not likely to be much of a motivator. $\endgroup$ – David Z Nov 16 '11 at 0:14
  • $\begingroup$ @DavidZaslavsky Good points, thanks. Updated. $\endgroup$ – Seth Rogers Nov 16 '11 at 14:21
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks... I just looked at the comment Joe Fitzsimmons made on your TP.SE meta post about this and I'm basically raising the same objection he is. In general I suspect this is a contest much better suited for the TP.SE audience than most of this site's audience. $\endgroup$ – David Z Nov 16 '11 at 18:25

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