Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online - The Verge


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In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. via Pocket
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7 weeks ago by driptray
Alexandra Elbakyan opened her email to a message from the world’s largest publisher: "YOU HAVE BEEN SUED." The student and programmer runs Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world.
7 weeks ago by burin
She cared less about the form than the function: she wanted a global brain. To her, paywalls began to seem like the plaques in an Alzheimer’s-riddled mind, clogging up the flow of information.
story  science  piracy  female  leader  russia  today  idea  world  brain  knowledge  share  from instapaper
february 2018 by aries1988
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by paryshnikov
Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment
AlexandraElbakyan  profile  SciHub  academicpublishing  copyright  review  academica  openaccess  TheVerge  2018 
february 2018 by inspiral
Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment
academia  piracy  science 
february 2018 by soobrosa
Fascinating piece on the woman behind the illicit SciHub article repository. (h/t )
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february 2018 by jeremydfranklin
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by iany
On the whole, scientific publishing has become a market increasingly characterized by consolidation, soaring subscription fees, and rising profit margins. As a result, plenty of scientists, students, and journalists alike have come to see an empire of academic piracy as a necessity, raising the question: what value do publishers add to any given paper?
scholarly-publishing  open-access 
february 2018 by altoii
The publisher Elsevier owns over 2,500 journals covering every conceivable facet of scientific inquiry to its name, and it wasn’t happy about either of the sites. Elsevier charges readers an average of $31.50 per paper for access; Sci-Hub and LibGen offered them for free. But even after receiving the “YOU HAVE BEEN SUED” email, Elbakyan was surprisingly relaxed. She went back to work. She was in Kazakhstan. The lawsuit was in America. She had more pressing matters to attend to, like filing assignments for her religious studies program; writing acerbic blog-style posts on the Russian clone of Facebook, called vKontakte; participating in various feminist groups online; and attempting to launch a sciencey-print T-shirt business.

That 2015 lawsuit would, however, place a spotlight on Elbakyan and her homegrown operation. The publicity made Sci-Hub bigger, transforming it into the largest Open Access academic resource in the world. In just six years of existence, Sci-Hub had become a juggernaut: the 64.5 million papers it hosted represented two-thirds of all published research, and it was available to anyone.
Sci-Hub  Elsevier  piratage  articles  recherche  universitaire  OpenAccess  Elbakyan  plainte  poursuites 
february 2018 by sentinelle
research
sci  toread  tor  piracy 
february 2018 by cjitlal
The prices rise because a few top players have positioned themselves with the power to ratchet them up with impunity. Over half of all research, according to one study, is now published by the big five of academic publishing: Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Taylor
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february 2018 by Jswindle
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by llitchi
Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online - The Verge
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february 2018 by jamescampbell
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february 2018 by exlibris
"Taken together, universities’ subscriptions to academic journals often cost $500,000 to $2 million. Even Harvard said in 2012 that it couldn’t afford journals’ rising fees, citing, in particular, two publishers that had inflated their rates by 145 percent within six years. Germany’s University of Konstanz dropped its subscription to Elsevier’s journals in 2014, saying its prices had increased by 30 percent in five years.

The prices rise because a few top players have positioned themselves with the power to ratchet them up with impunity. Over half of all research, according to one study, is now published by the big five of academic publishing: Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and, depending on the metric, either the American Chemical Society or Sage Publishing. That’s a significant change from 1973, when only 20 percent of these kinds of papers were published by the big five. And that’s just for natural and medical science papers; the social sciences have it worse. In 1973, only one in 10 articles debuted in the big five’s pages; now it’s more than half. For some fields, such as psychology, 71 percent of all papers now go through these players."
publishing  academics  academic_publishing  piracy  mutual_aid  sci-hub 
february 2018 by perich
RT : Alexandra Elbakyan is plundering the academic publishing establishment.
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february 2018 by kongharald
Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online
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february 2018 by sammyrulez
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world.
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february 2018 by serkef
All About Sci-Hub
*piracy is an idiotic metaphor for what Sci-hub is doing, but the article is worth reading
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february 2018 by jubois
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. via Pocket
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february 2018 by bschlagel
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by jrheard
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february 2018 by jace
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by flobosg
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by mrmanner
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by thomas.carrington
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by aviflax
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february 2018 by sbmandal
good rundown of For-Profit Academic Publishing, Open Knowledge and Elbakyan’s SciHub
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february 2018 by sharon_howard
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by kohlmannj
Meet the pirate queen making academic papers free online In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a…
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february 2018 by tpsavard

OVER HALF OF ALL RESEARCH IS NOW PUBLISHED BY THE BIG FIVE OF ACADEMIC PUBLISHING
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february 2018 by sfriedenberg
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world. via Pocket
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february 2018 by drewcaldwell
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february 2018 by TypingPixels
Long profile of Alexandra Elbakyan and how Sci-Hub came into being. Bookmarking for later.
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february 2018 by danbri
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world.
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february 2018 by brokenrhino
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february 2018 by eske
In cramped quarters at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, shared by four students and a cat, sat a server with 13 hard drives. The server hosted Sci-Hub, a website with over 64 million academic papers available for free to anybody in the world.
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february 2018 by therourke
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february 2018 by stephenfrancoeur
The prices rise because a few top players have positioned themselves with the power to ratchet them up with impunity. Over half of all research, according to one study, is now published by the big five of academic publishing: Reed-Elsevier, Wiley-Blackwell, Springer, Taylor & Francis, and, depending on the metric, either the American Chemical Society or Sage Publishing. That’s a significant change from 1973, when only 20 percent of these kinds of papers were published by the big five. And that’s just for natural and medical science papers; the social sciences have it worse. In 1973, only one in 10 articles debuted in the big five’s pages; now it’s more than half. For some fields, such as psychology, 71 percent of all papers now go through these players.

That worked well until the domain LibGen.org, went down, deleting 40,000 papers Elbakyan had collected, probably because one of its administrators died of cancer. “One of my friends suggested to start actively collecting donations on Sci-Hub,” she says. “I started a crowdfunding campaign on Sci-Hub to buy additional drives, and soon had my own copy of the database collected by LibGen, around 21 million papers. Around 1 million of these papers [were] uploaded from Sci-Hub. The other[s], as I was told, came from databases that were downloaded on the darknet.” From then on, LibGen’s database would simply be her backup.

Elbakyan created several more backup copies of Sci-Hub’s database. She rewrote Sci-Hub’s code, starting from square one, so that the service could download papers automatically. Now, once users pointed Sci-Hub toward an article, the site would check every university proxy server until it found one through which it could download the paper, and would download it automatically. They didn’t have to manually browse the publisher’s website through Sci-Hub to find the articles anymore.
scholarship  openaccess  greed 
february 2018 by craniac