Is Sci-Hub Increasing Visibility of Indian Research Papers? An Analytical Evaluation

Journal of Scientometric Research,2021,10,1,130-134.
Published:May 2021
Type:Perspective Paper
Author(s) affiliations:

Vivek Kumar Singh1,*, Satya Swarup Srichandan1, Sujit Bhattacharya2

1Department of Computer Science, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, INDIA.

2CSIR-National Institute of Science Technology and Development Studies, New Delhi, INDIA.


Sci-Hub, founded by Alexandra Elbakyan in 2011 in Kazakhstan has, over the years, emerged as a very popular source for researchers to download scientific papers. It is believed that Sci-Hub contains more than 76 million academic articles. However, recently three foreign academic publishers (Elsevier, Wiley and American Chemical Society) have filed a lawsuit against Sci-Hub and LibGen before the Delhi High Court and prayed for complete blocking these websites in India. It is in this context, that this paper attempts to find out how many Indian research papers are available in Sci-Hub and who downloads them. The citation advantage of Indian research papers available on Sci-Hub is analysed, with results confirming that such an advantage do exist.

Geographical distribution of download activity for Indian Papers