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10 February 2016 - Christmas arriving early

scihub.PNG With thanks to Rich Apodaca for the Twitter alert. A pirate-bay for science enthusiasts has been around for some time called Sci-Hub and without me knowing about it. Has Christmas arrived early this year? Or should this blog behave responsibly and condemn it? It is not like I lack access to the chemical literature. A very nice local university has been providing me with a free library card for many years now allowing me to download articles. The only catch is that I have to drive up there and work from a local desktop if not alrady occupied by one of those pesky students. Actual online access would be super. Rich is happy with the level of access he gained from the website. This blog did it's own field-test. Positives scores on an Organic Letters article (2015) DOI. A 2015 Angewandte article (DOI) can be accessed, Stu will be alarmed to learn that his Nature Chemistry is up for grabs as well, including those articles from the current issue (DOI). Same goes for Elseviers Tetrahedron. In each case the pdf file is embedded but can easily be retrieved from the html content. If you want to do your own field test then hurry: as the Wikipedia article explains an army of Elsevier lawyers is working around the clock to have the site shut down. Do read theatlantic.com article on the topic