If you’re getting in touch . . .

I get a lot of emails from academics and journalists and am happy to help whenever possible. However, I also get emails from cranks. To be be sure you’re not one of these, if you’re getting in touch please:

(1) Make clear exactly who you are and where you’re from.

(2) Make clear what university or media you’re working for or, if you’re a freelancer or independent scholar, what your publication history is or what your qualifications are.

(3) Write your email in English. I won’t read emails in any other language (including Finnish).

(4) Follow normal etiquette. Emails that begin ‘Dear First Name’ or ‘Dear First Name Last Name’ or ‘Hi’ or any other failure to observe normal etiquette will not be read.