APO resource visit counts have been improved. For more information, see our Policies & Guidelines

Journal article

Who is pirating medical literature? A bibliometric review of 28 million Sci-Hub downloads

7 Jan 2019
Description

Access to the medical literature is essential for both the practice of evidence-based medicine and meaningful contribution to medical sciences. Nonetheless, only 12% of newly published papers are freely accessible online, and, as of 2014, only 3 million of the 26·3 million articles indexed on PubMed were available on the site’s repository of free materials, PubMed Central. 

Access to paywall-protected literature remains primarily through institutional subscriptions. Such subscriptions are costly and many struggle to afford access.

The result is a disparity in access to the medical literature, particularly for those in low income and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Publication Details
Identifiers: 
DOI: 
10.1016/S2214-109X(18)30388-7
Language: 
License Type: 
CC BY-NC-ND
Published year only: 
2019
28
Share
Share
Keywords
Advertisement