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An Analysis of Usage of Sci-Hub in Korea

  • Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science
  • 2022, 56(4), pp.473-490
  • DOI : 10.4275/KSLIS.2022.56.4.473
  • Publisher : 한국문헌정보학회
  • Research Area : Interdisciplinary Studies > Library and Information Science
  • Received : October 26, 2022
  • Accepted : November 16, 2022
  • Published : November 30, 2022

Jeeyoung Suh 1

1성균관대학교 사서교육원

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ABSTRACT

This study was conducted to examine Sci-Hub, which provides the original text of academic papers to be provided for a fee by bypassing copyright, and to establish a basic basis for understanding the usage behavior of researchers with access restriction in Korea by analyzing the domestic Sci-Hub usage based on the dataset released by Sci-Hub in 2017. Therefore, after grasping the current status of the world related to Sci-Hub, the categories were set and analyzed by region where the dataset was downloaded, subject matter of academic papers, publisher, OA status, and published year. As a result of the study, the most downloaded areas were Seoul and the metropolitan area, and papers and journals in the field of natural science were downloaded the most, and about 20% of papers were in Open Access state. The papers published between 2010 and 2017 were the most downloaded, and IEEE's papers were the most downloaded, showing that recently published academic papers in the natural sciences were the most downloaded by the time they were downloaded.

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