A way to bypass paywall to journals and other online publications is internet archive.

Are these links allowed on Skeptics?


  • Enable access for everyone to check if the quote/reference is valid.


  • It's stealing (in spirit if not by law)

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We are not judging copyright, it's far too complex an issue. Especially as a lot of what we do arguably falls under "fair use".

I don't see any reason to prohibit internet archive links, as long as the original link is also present in the post. They are a useful addition for questions particularly as they cannot be changed, so potential later corrections that could cause confusion would be obvious.

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    I would add that we frequently use IA links when the original source is no longer available, so we certainly don't have a blanket prohibition against it.
    – Oddthinking Mod
    Commented Aug 31, 2023 at 14:45

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