Free access to scientific literature and its influence on the publishing activity in developing countries: The effect of Sci‐Hub in the field of mathematics

@article{Buehling2022FreeAT,
  title={Free access to scientific literature and its influence on the publishing activity in developing countries: The effect of Sci‐Hub in the field of mathematics},
  author={Kilian Buehling and Matthias Geissler and Dorothea Strecker},
  journal={Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology},
  year={2022},
  volume={73},
  pages={1336 - 1355}
}
This paper investigates whether free access to scientific literature increases the participation of under‐represented groups in scientific discourse. To this end, we aggregate and match data tracing access to Sci‐Hub, a widely used black open access (OA) repository or shadow library, and publication data from the Web of Science (WoS). We treat the emergence of Sci‐Hub as an exogenous event granting relatively unrestricted access to publications, which are otherwise hidden behind a paywall. We… 

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