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Piracy of scientific papers in Latin America: An analysis of Sci-Hub usage data

Machin-Mastromatteo, Juan D.; Uribe-Tirado, Alejandro; Maria E Romero-Ortiz

Sci-Hub hosts pirated copies of 51 million scientific papers from commercial publishers. This article presents the site’s characteristics, it criticizes that it might be perceived as a de-facto component of the Open Access movement, it replicates an analysis published in Science using its available usage data, but limiting it to Latin America, and presents implications caused by this site for information professionals, universities and libraries.

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