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    If you want a particular issue of one of our publications, you may order a back issue copy. Each printed back issue costs $10.95 in the US, and $13.95 elsewhere, and may be purchased by credit card or check.
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    I am an educator/student; would it be possible for me to get a discounted subscription to one of your publications?
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    Editorial correspondence should be sent to, or addressed to:
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