Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone
In rich and poor countries, researchers turn to the Sci-Hub website

Bohannon, John
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/04/whos-downloading-pirated-papers-everyone

Publisher:  Science
Date Written:  28/04/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19937

Researchers are increasingly turning to Sci-Hub, the world's largest largest 'pirate' website for scholarly literature. Sci-Hub is becoming the world's de facto open-access research library.

Abstract:  Researchers are increasingly turning to Sci-Hub, the world's largest largest 'pirate' website for scholarly literature. Sci-Hub is becoming the world's de facto open-access research library. It is easy to understand why journal publishers might see Sci-Hub as a threat. It is as simple to use as Google's search engine, and as long as you know the DOI or title of a paper, it is more reliable for finding the full text. Chances are, you'll find what you're looking for. Along with book chapters, monographs, and conference proceedings, Sci-Hub has amassed copies of the majority of scholarly articles ever published. It continues to grow: When someone requests a paper not already on Sci-Hub, it locates a copy and adds it to the repository.

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