Hola a tod@s,

llegó la hora del pirateo de los documentos científicos. Lo que hasta ahora estaba limitado a la música, películas, series de TV, software, etc. se ha trasladado al mundo de la comunicación científica, es la hora de Sci-Hub.

Sci-hub is a federated search system plus an associated repository that contains illegally obtained copyrighted material. Users can input either:

  1. a url for a scholarly article
  2. a DOI.
  3. a text search (which makes use of proxied Google Scholar search results to offer up functional links to access controlled material)

It works in concert with a repository of pirated material called Library Genesis (LibGen). It’s currently hosted in Russia, which is more or less the equivalent of New Providence island. Here’s how it works:If you go to the current location of Sci-Hub (it’s a Google search away) and input a DOI or article url Sci-Hub will set you a captcha to complete [there’s something about that that almost makes me smile]. It then searches LibGen to see if it can find an existing copy of the item in question. If it does, it delivers that copy to the user.

(If you are a publisher and you haven’t gone and taken a look to see if your content is in there, you should)