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Sci-hub project, its legality, and its impact on access to scientific journals in Pakistan

syed jaffar abbas zaidi.


Sci-Hub is a project that uses stolen log-in credentials to access pay-walled scientific articles and journals, and then makes them available for free on its website. It has had a significant impact on medical journals. The HEC Digital Library does not cover all research areas. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has acknowledged that Sci-Hub could fill a gap in the availability of research materials for Pakistani researchers but cautioned that the use of Sci-Hub is illegal and could have negative consequences for the scientific community. Sci-Hub has faced legal challenges in some countries but has generally been able to operate without interference. The legality of Sci-Hub is complex, with legal challenges varying by country. There are legal ways to access scientific manuscripts. The Sci-Hub project has significantly impacted research in Pakistan, but the HEC does not condone the use of Sci-Hub, and it could have negative consequences for the scientific community

Key words: Sci-hub; Software Piracy; Legal issues; Higher Education.

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