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Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature

Himmelstein, Daniel S, Romero, Ariel Rodriguez, Levernier, Jacob G, Munro, Thomas Anthony, McLaughlin, Stephen Reid, Greshake Tzovaras, Bastian and Greene, Casey S 2018, Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature, eLife, vol. 7, pp. 1-22, doi: 10.7554/eLife.32822.

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Title Sci-Hub provides access to nearly all scholarly literature
Author(s) Himmelstein, Daniel S
Romero, Ariel Rodriguez
Levernier, Jacob G
Munro, Thomas AnthonyORCID iD for Munro, Thomas Anthony orcid.org/0000-0002-3366-7149
McLaughlin, Stephen Reid
Greshake Tzovaras, Bastian
Greene, Casey S
Journal name eLife
Volume number 7
Article ID e32822
Start page 1
End page 22
Total pages 22
Publisher eLife Sciences Publications
Place of publication Cambridge, Eng.
Publication date 2018
ISSN 2050-084X
Keyword(s) Sci-Hub
database
LibGen
copyright
journals
none
open access
paywalls
Summary The website Sci-Hub enables users to download PDF versions of scholarly articles, including many articles that are paywalled at their journal's site. Sci-Hub has grown rapidly since its creation in 2011, but the extent of its coverage was unclear. Here we report that, as of March 2017, Sci-Hub's database contains 68.9% of the 81.6 million scholarly articles registered with Crossref and 85.1% of articles published in toll access journals. We find that coverage varies by discipline and publisher, and that Sci-Hub preferentially covers popular, paywalled content. For toll access articles, we find that Sci-Hub provides greater coverage than the University of Pennsylvania, a major research university in the United States. Green open access to toll access articles via licit services, on the other hand, remains quite limited. Our interactive browser at https://greenelab.github.io/scihub allows users to explore these findings in more detail. For the first time, nearly all scholarly literature is available gratis to anyone with an Internet connection, suggesting the toll access business model may become unsustainable.
Language eng
DOI 10.7554/eLife.32822
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2018, Himmelstein et al.
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