16 May 2016

The Pirates of Science

From Nine To Noon, 9:39 am on 16 May 2016

Sci-Hub is an online service where researchers can anonymously (and illegally) share academic papers which are normally locked behind the paywalls of publishers like Elsevier and Springer. The site currently hosts more than 50 million papers and was created by Kazakhstani neuroscientist Alexandra Elbakyan who found a way to hack into the publishers' websites while trying to access papers for a research project. Dr John Bohannon is a contributing writer for Science magazine who's carried out an extensive investigation into the website and its users.