This is just a short note to explain the appearance of the phrase “temporarily un-gated PDF” in Peter Henne’s guest post about contagion and the Syrian civil war.

We’ve been linking to academic articles for quite some time, but usually to the abstracts or random versions available on the web. But after The Monkey Cage announced a partnership with academic publishers to temporarily un-gate political-science articles, it occurred to me that nothing prevented us from asking publishers to do the same for the Duck of Minerva.

I’m pleased to announce the SAGE is the first to do so. Thanks to David Mainwaring for making this possible.

So here’s how this will work. Articles that we link to — and have the requisite notation — will be available for a one-week timeframe. These will primarily be organic links rather than opportunities for authors to promote their work. However, will be associated with features — such as debates and symposia. Indeed, we have a few of these in the pipeline. More on that soon.

And yes, this is convergent with aspects of our vision for the online supplement for ISQ.