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Monday, May 9, 2016

Who Is Downloading Pirated Papers?

Who Is Downloading Pirated Papers? EVERYONE

In rich and poor countries, researchers turn to the Sci-Hub website

John Bohannon | April 28, 2016

[Bogger's note: In my experience some students using Sci-Hub do not know how to use the available resources at the Library of their University and simply find Sci-Hub easier to work with. In some cases they are aware, but do not have access to Interlibrary Loan to obtain journal material not covered by their Library's subscription services.]
Just as spring arrived last month in Iran, Meysam Rahimi sat down at his university computer and immediately ran into a problem: how to get the scientific papers he needed. He had to write up a research proposal for his engineering Ph.D. at Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran. His project straddles both operations management and behavioral economics, so Rahimi had a lot of ground to cover.
But every time he found the abstract of a relevant paper, he hit a paywall. Although Amirkabir is one of the top research universities in Iran, international sanctions and economic woes have left it with poor access to journals. 

Just one server in Sci-Hub. "This is a free and comprehensive report about is hosted in on a server with an IP address of The website is expected to be earning an estimated $94 USD on a daily basis. If was to be sold it would possibly be worth $34,450 USD (based on the daily revenue potential of the website over a 12 month period)." Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Sci-Hub, LibGen, and Total Information Awareness. March 21, 2016) and (Elsevier and the Streisand Effect. March 15, 2016)>

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