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Scholarly Piracy Vs Scholarly Activism: Where Sci-Hub Fits In The Information Literacy Landscape, Fred Rascoe, Laura Burtle, Mariann Burright, Melanie Kowalski Sep 2016

Scholarly Piracy Vs Scholarly Activism: Where Sci-Hub Fits In The Information Literacy Landscape, Fred Rascoe, Laura Burtle, Mariann Burright, Melanie Kowalski

Georgia International Conference on Information Literacy

In recent months, the site Sci-Hub (https://sci-hub.io/) has gained attention for providing easy access to any scholarly journal article, without regard to the user’s subscription status, and without requiring payment. For articles that are not already open access, this activity infringes on the copyright in the articles, generally held by publishers, and, for articles obtained via a library subscription, is presumptively a breach of the license between the library and the publisher. Regardless, this activity has proven to be a popular and expedient way to break through access barriers to important scholarly information for students and faculty ...