The Internet Made Information Free: Now It Has Come For Academic Research
peter.suber's bookmarks 2018-12-29
"A new study out earlier this month suggests that the world’s largest “pirate” archive of academic literature, Sci-Hub, may hold as much as 68.9% of the 81.6 million scholarly publications captured in Crossref’s DOI database. Put another way, more than two-thirds of the world’s major contemporary research output is now available completely for free, despite a vast fraction of it being ordinarily paywalled away from public (and even scholarly) access. What does this latest glimpse into the world of copyright tell us about the future of academic publishing and open access?...."