Are you interested in Sci-Hub? We’re interested in Sci-Hub!
We’re a group of people (not affiliated with Sci-Hub) that wants to talk about and exchange ideas and stories about the unique library.
Join us in our inaugural meetup at Newspeak House. Let’s meetup and talk about the phenomenon of Sci-Hub.
Context for the current affairs: Sci-Hub has been under attack since its inception, but since February 2021, it has stopped getting updated. No new articles are added. This is due an ongoing legal hearing in India, which keeps—constantly—being postponed.
Update 5/11/2021: Sci-Hub adds 2m new articles.
Sci-Hub has a large impact to researchers from all disciplines, students, activists, copyright pirates, politicians, law people, and eventually the whole of society. This is the reason that we expect people from various different fields of interest to join.
This is also the reason that even if one feels they are from a completely irrelevant area and are not sure if they should attend, the answer is definitely yes! I’m pretty confident everyone can fit it and talk about Sci-Hub.
In terms of agenda, there will be a short presentation about the latest developments around Sci-Hub and then various discussions around Sci-Hub, ethical concerns, social impact, et al.
Hope to see you there :)
Thursday, Sep 23, 2021 at 6pm.
Calendar event link.
Newspeak House is at 133-135 Bethnal Green Road, E2 7DG.
Contact: @sirodoht or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is our Code of Conduct.
PS. We do not support, endorse, or contribute in any way to illegal activities. Our interest to Sci-Hub is only from a societal and research point of view.
In this meetup we talked about:
- the use and importance of Sci-Hub
- the movement of Open Access and things like OA.Works
- the role of scientific publishing houses
- are highly reputable journals also high quality?
- the role of peer review
- who are those that review?
- what is their motivation?
- how does the lack of peer review in China affect paper quality?
- funding of research described in scientific papers
- how could publishing houses be replaced?
- are there working alternatives?
- how can academia researchers publish OA?
- what are the limitations?
- who owns the IP?
- legal matters
- Open Access as a human right?
- what is the purpose of this group?
- how can we help Sci-Hub?
- future meetups
- invite Alexandra (Sci-Hub founder)?
- invite Elsevier (publishing house that sued Sci-Hub)?
- invite researchers who publish OA?