It became a real problem for me. I need to read some old articles for my research but these qualities are so bad that I can't even read the text. For example, this article "https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0012365X74901368?via%3Dihub".

Do you have any opinion on my problem?

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    Get the Library to obtain the original on an "Interlibrary loan". Or contact the publishers...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 17:49
  • @SolarMike That should be an answer. Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 17:53

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You have two options. Either you try to locate a paper copy (or a copy thereof) of the journal issue via your local library and if necessary via the interlibrary loan or you contract the vendor of the digital copy (sciencedirect in your case) and complain about the quality of the digitised paper asking them to upload a better-quality version. I tried this with another publisher (degruyter) and it took a couple of months before they updated the digital copy of the paper on their website.

  • How should I order via "interlibrary loan"? I don't know the process. I guess it is faster than ask the vendor. Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 18:15
  • You should ask at your library (your institutional library or another local library taking part in the ILL)
    – greenb
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 21:17

As per my comment you can ask your library to get the paper via an "Interlibrary loan" - just go in to the library with the details of the paper - make sure it is all correct and they will contact you when it is available.

Or, as the publishers - shown on the paper, but I don't know how long they can take...

When I last did an interlibrary loan it was 10 to 15 days and it was ready, but it may depend on how old the paper may be,...

  • I asked the publisher. For now, I cant access my local library that is a problem. Hope to get an answer from the publisher so soon. Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 6:30
  • @maha_ak1990 which publisher : sciencedirect or elsevier?
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 7:19
  • it is ScienceDirect. Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 19:52
  • @maha_ak1990 you are missing a trick, never mnd...
    – Solar Mike
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 21:22

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