A couple of weeks back I sent an email to a professor in a University in my home country with whom I have never known on any personal or professional level. My intention was to seek potential collaborations with him as a recent graduate with a BSc should I return home.

He did replied and to which I responded. One of his question to me was whether I am happy to collaborate without being paid to which I replied, "Yes, I am happy but I am only able to work on any project outside of standard office hours due to foreseeable industry commitment".

Since then, I have not received any replies.

Would it be appropriate for me to ring him up?

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    Did he include his phone number in his signature? Have you tried a second email where you ask if all is well? Who knows, he may have the flu, be on vacation, be in the midst of a work crunch. – aparente001 Jan 18 '18 at 3:03
  • No, there are no contacts in his signature but his mobile phone exists in his CV which is on the directory. I have just dropped him a second email. – Academia.jpg Jan 18 '18 at 11:56
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    I would hesitate to use the phone number in that case. If he had included it in an email directed to you, that would give you more of an opening. – aparente001 Jan 18 '18 at 18:44
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    @aparente001 The professor in question has replied and extended an in-person meeting. Thank you. – Academia.jpg Jan 19 '18 at 2:36

I don't see any problems for you to call him.

If you want answers quick, this is the best way to achieve it. If you feel a bit uncomfortable calling him, then I suggest that you "ping" him with re-sending your last mail or that you ask him if he can reply from the previous message.

Teachers at my university, some have their phone number (Both private and work, though private is not mandatory) listed at the university website so that students can reach them outside of working hours if it's urgent.

So having students call them is nothing new and shouldn't be a problem.

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    Private number? This is odd to me. I would never put my private number online and I would feel very uncomfortable being reached through my private number. – The Doctor Jan 18 '18 at 8:33
  • It is not mandatory for the teachers to put their private numbers up, but a few have done that for students the reach them within reasonable hours. @TheDoctor – Bojje Jan 18 '18 at 12:10
  • @TheDoctor - I've seen people put their phone number in their CV, which they then post online. I think they are trusting an unspoken honor system, whereby if they haven't offered their phone number to someone specifically (such as in a signature), people will hesitate to use it. – aparente001 Jan 19 '18 at 4:21

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