Supporting Sci-Hub vs. Explaining Sci-Hub

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Aug 08, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It looks from this article like publishers are trying to stifle discussion of sci-hub, an online service that provides free access to academic papers. Gabriel J. Gardner published papers on the topic and Thomas H. Allen, president of the Association of American Publishers, responded by sending a letter to Gardner's employer at Cal State. "I believe the letter was an attempt at intimidation; my deans certainly interpreted it as such," Gardner said. And his dean, Roman Kochan, has responded in Gardner's defense. "The larger issue here is that the academic publishing model has become unsustainable," Kochan wrote. Good stuff.

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