And here's how open access is actually driving science

"The Sci-hub Effect: Sci-hub downloads lead to more article citations"

This is why *no* publicly funded paper should ever be behind a paywall. I'd argue even privately funded papers should be public if the end goal is improving society. Peer review already relies on volunteers for the most part, so it's not a question of paying for them

"...we found that articles downloaded from Sci-hub were cited 1.72 times more than papers not downloaded from Sci-hub and that the number of downloads from Sci-hub was a robust predictor of future citations"

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@cypnk i wonder if there is actually causality there, or just hyped articles get downloaded there more too

@valerauko I'm sure that's an effect as well. But more than anything, I think mere availability and ease of access as well

When I was still in school, getting papers was still a chore. And my school paid for subscriptions. Sci-hub makes it easy to search by title or DOI and usually the paper I need is on the first page of results. So I ended up going there first and getting the PDF


@cypnk @valerauko Efforts like scihub and libgen are huge especially for people like me with less priviledged backgrounds studying in lesser universities with poor libraries. I'm doing an MA in linguistics, and I don't have library access to >90% of what I read, and I lack means to buy even <5-10% of that (or even rent...). Simply put, Open Access and related activisim is a true, solid, huge, and invaluable enabler.

@cypnk @valerauko And not only that, but sometimes some papers or books are only available from these channels because they are too old to have ebook versions and too unpopular to be widely available in libraries. In the past year and a half, I needed probably a handful of such articles whose journals' websites went extinct or never existed and copies never widely disseminated, and no "legitimate" means to access unless you're willing to go on a little world tour just for a few pages...

@cypnk @cadadr @cypnk some universities outsource ebooks and journals to (a #CloudFlare site), which blocks student access unless they surrender their privacy. #scihub is essential for that reason, and note that there is an onion site for scihub.

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