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As legend has it, centuries ago a man named Robin Hood terrorized the forests around Nottingham, in England。 As much as officials hated him, people loved him, because he had a habit of taking from the rich and giving to the poor。 England大发’;s rich were ****** more money than they could ever spend, while most people were barely ****** a living。 A similar thing is going on now in the world of science: an innovative portal called Sci-Hub is offering free scientific *****s to the world。 Big journals are ****** massive (arguably unjustified) profits while in many parts of the world, students and researchers are starving for science。 In this sense, Sci-Hub is like Robin Hood。

Who’;s downloading pirate *****s? Everyone。

Sci-Hub is really easy to use, even easier than looking through the journals themselves。 All you need is the title or DOI of the article。

As I was working on my undergrad project at a not-very-famous university in Eastern Europe, I wanted to do a good job。 I was going for a pretty ‘;out there’; project and relevant *****s were few in between。 But even so…; I couldn’;t access them。 Like many other universities today, mine didn’;t have access to that many scientific journals —; because that’;s really expensive。

Of course, you can pay for the *****s individually, with prices ranging around $30。 For a decent undergrad thesis, you can probably get away with 10-20 *****s, so let’;s say $500。 For me, at that point, that was more than double my monthly living expenses。 In other words, it’;s realistically off the table。 If you’;re doing a Ph。D。, however, you likely need about 10 *****s a month —; in many cases, much more。 If your university doesn’;t have access to the journals you want…; you’;re pretty much screwed。 So if you’;re not lucky enough to be born in the right country or study at the right university, you don’;t get to access science?

Well, there are some alternatives。 You’;re best off contacting the researcher, who are often times willing to help。 But even in the best-case scenario, that’;s really time-consuming, and you’;ll likely end up wasting a week before you can get the *****s —; that’;s if you find the person’;s contact and if they reply, and if the journal in which the ***** was published allows sharing。 It’;s more than just an annoyance, it’;s incredibly time-consuming。

The Sci Hub effect

Alexandra Elbakyan founded Sci-Hub to thwart journal paywalls。 The researcher behind this project says that everyone should have access to knowledge, regardless of their income。

“Payment of $32 is just insane when you need to skim or read tens or hundreds of these *****s to do research。 I obtained these *****s by pirating them,”Elbakyan told Torrent Freak last year。 “Everyone should have access to knowledge regardless of their income or affiliation。 And that’s absolutely legal。”

She sat down with John Bohannon from Science to share some of her website’;s data。 As Bohannon puts it, despite being a denounced criminal by powerful corporations and scholarly societies, she was surprisingly open。 The stats paint a complex picture, but they all indicate the same thing: a lot of people really need Sci-Hub。 Just take the article’;s first comment:

“;If you live in a third world country and study science (i’;m a biology student) you have no way to access papers relevant to your field of research。 So in my country (Venezuela) where biodiversity is vast and a great number of field research can be done we have no way to consult papers that are useful in the analysis of our data。”;

Sci-Hub’;s stats。

The same situation, with small variations, is repeated time and time again —; and this is reflected in the website’;s statistics。 There are over 28 million requests, from all fields of science。 The entire website hosts over 50 million papers。

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