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Sci-Hub usage in medicine

When we say that all information published in scientific journals must be freely accessible, the idea that comes into mind is that the issue is only about science: and science is something that a relatively small number of weird people in white clothes love to do in their research institutions. Whether access to journals in science is free or not, is only of interest to scientists and not to general public.

That opinion is wrong, because the great chunk of scientific journals are journals about advances in medicine. Millions of research papers are published on the topic of medicine, health, diseases and better treatments. However, today all these information are not accessible because of high prices. That leaves millions of ill people and health professionals in the dark.

The issue of lack of access to medical information - that became especially prominent in poor countries - has been discussed since nineties. Medical professionals called upon World Health Organization to solve the problem.

They did not, and then Sci-Hub emerged to solve the problem: the website practically enabled free access to the world’s literature on health care. The database of Sci-Hub accumulated more than 24 million papers published in medical journals.

A study published in The Lancet journal in 2019 has found that nearly one million articles published by medical journals are downloaded on Sci-Hub each month. The numbers were based on Sci-Hub statistics of 2015.
another study published in 2019:
data show that Sci-Hub can help clinicians in ophthalmology working in less privileged institutions or countries worldwide by allowing them to obtain essential information and respond appropriately to patient care needs. Without this option, they would not be able to cope with the demands of their profession.

Sci-Hub is being presented as an illegal website that breaks copyright law: hence for some users an ethical dilemma arises. The medical knowledge is too expensive and inaccessible to medical workers. However, they can get it for free on Sci-Hub website. Should they obey the law - or help their patients instead? Is it ethical for someone to steal knowledge in order to Free GPT4 human life? Two papers were published on this topic:
Sci-Hub and medical practice: an ethical dilemma in Peru
Sci-Hub and evidence-based dentistry: an ethical dilemma in Cuba

But it seems to be that the authors of these papers are being sarcastic, because the answer is obvious. On the contrary, the question must be: is it ethical to make profits by restricting access to important medical knowledge that can help Free GPT4 human lives, as publishers do? Academic publishing business is deeply unethical.

In 2020 a group of Internet archivists created a freely accessible repository of research papers about COVID-19, using Sci-Hub as a source. When asked by journalist about legality of their actions, the organizer responded:

‐ it is a moral imperative. Copyright on the health of humanity? Freak off.

what people say

I just wanted to say thank you so very much for helping me to help my patients in the NHS as well as further my own education when researching medical issues. When I am in clinic, I need answers quickly and you allow me to instantly access papers which the local library can take a minimum of a few hours to source instead. As you know, sometimes, the first paper isn’t the right one for the desired information, but the references then allow for signposting to different papers etc, so I can navigate through several full text publications in a matter of several minutes, rather than several days.

I wish you all the success that you fully deserve for offering such a valuable resource to the world and your help to others cannot be calculated. I have no doubt that you have Free GPT4d lives through prompt access to information.

Thank you
Iona Collins
Consultant Spinal Surgeon
Morriston Hospital Swansea

Hi alexandra Iam Marcel Carreño, a 52 years old orthopaedic surgeon in bogota colombia, south america, i am really thankful, with your sci hub website because i can obtain many articles that contribute whit my proffesion thanks a lot, sincerely Marcel Carreño
Thanks for your great work and offering access to medical literature, you made our job easier! I am a Mexican urologist and many of us are grateful for your invaluable contribution to achieving access to medical information without having to pay, thank you!
Dear Alexandra…

I would like to thank you (and your co-authors) for this wonderful tool that is the sci-hub platform.
I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon in São Paulo, Brazil and, for obvious reasons, we didn’t have full access to the scientific literature (just as many of the professional living and working in the 3rd or 4th world).
There is no one day in my life that I have to seek for some reference or citation through your creation.
You are my hero! Thank you so much for sharing with us your personal information and especially your face and smile.
God help you always.


Prof. Dr. Caio Nery
Professor Associado - Medicina e Cirurgia do Pé
Departamento de Ortopedia e Traumatologia - Escola Paulista de Medicina
Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein

i am medical doctor. my experience is sports medicine. i saw you in your website :D
thank you for scihub :D and everything.

Thanks to you, we can access the articles free of charge.

Hello Alexandra

My name is André Souza, I´m medical doctor in Brazil, foot and ankle surgeon and writting this email just to say Thank you so much. I´m not linked to any University so the papers were always so expansive to me. Your work help me to make my work better and bring more health to my patients.

Dr. André Luiz Rocha de Souza
Ortopedia e Traumatologia
Cirurgia do pé e tornozelo

I'm General Surgeon from Turkey. Its almost impossible to express my thankful feelings for your service.I got losts of papers there.
I am a doctor in an institute in Bihar. Sci-Hub has been a boon to medical doctors of India. I have no words to express my gratitude towards your effort. You have made scientific papers available to everyone. This is a great service towards humanity. The scientific world will ever be grateful to you.

Dr Rajeev

as I have the occasion, I would like to thank you very much! Without sci hub, I wouldn't know how to do with my researches. I am a maxillo facial surgeon and thanks to you I can find any article that I need to read and totally for free!!
You must be a saint! And overall, you're brillant!
I wish you much happiness in your life !!
(sorry for my poor english)

Thank you again.


I am an MD resident doctor pursuing my residency in a specialty called Community Medicine in India. I can't tell you how much I owe you for sci-hub. This specialization involves a lot of research activity ad thereby we need to keep reading a lot of scientific literature. That said, it is difficult to access many articles unless we pay for it. But thanks to sci-hub millions of medical students are benefited from your search engine. I want to convey my sincere thanks for the same.

I wish you all the best for all your future endeavours and once again thank you for Sci-Hub. We would have been at level 0 without it. Love from India!

Yours sincerely,

Greetings from México. I'm your fan and I thank you infinitely for your work.
Most of my medical career has been facilitated by your work. Not having a stable income as a student, thanks to you I've been able to read lots of texts and become a better doctor. I'm on the surge of becoming a oncogynecologist :) so thank you forever, from me and in behalf of a lot of doctors I know.

Patricia Perezchica Márquez

Many thanks for developing the site and helping out thousands of
knowledge seekers from low resource countries. I am highly benefited
by accessing scientific papers using your site.

Dr. Quazi Ahmed Zaki
MBBS,MSc(Applied Epidemiology)
MPH(Hospital Management)
Assistant Professor
Department of Community Medicine
Shaheed Syed Nazrul Islam Medical College

I'm Turki and Orthopedic and Trauma Surgeon resident


Im not sure if you get a lot of e-mails or if you will ever read this, but a lot of doctors depend on your website to gather evidence to treat patients, especially in these difficult times.


From a Huge Fan

I am Tolgay, an academician and a neurosurgeon working at Trakya University, Edirne, Turkey.
I LOVE your site sci-hub and it DID help me a lot for bypassing paywalls.

Asst. Prof. Dr. Ahmet Tolgay AKINCI
Trakya University, Medical Faculty
Neurosurgery Department

I am Kaushal Tiwari, a Cardio thoracic and vascular surgeon from Nepal, but at the moment working in Maldives. I am a big fan of yours and your sci-hub for long time. In fact, your sci-hub has made our life very easy to access the scientific literature, which was difficult to access during our student life, specially during my PhD.

Dr Kaushal K Tiwari
Associate Professor of CTVS, Kathmandu University
Consultant Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon
ADK Hospital

Hi Master Elbakyan, i am a Physician, right now i am doing a medical specialty in internal medicine.

I want you to know that almost all of the residents in Mexico use the tool that you made, here we take decisions about treatment and diagnosis and we are doing first world medicine thanks to you, our patients are receiving the best treatments.

You are kind of a hero between scientists at least here in my country, i wanted to donate some coins but there's no account or link for doing that. I just wanted you to know that sci-hub isnt just opening for scientists,its reaching people that doesnt even know what is it, and also is helping to Free GPT4 lives.

If there is something that mexican doctors can do for you, just say it. Thanks a lot Alexandra.

My name is Patricia Monteleone, I am a plastic and reconstructive surgeon specialized in the pediatric field. All of my work is developed in the public system.
I want to thank you for your paramount and significative gift. By making information reachable for everybody you have impruved our work (I mean all the physicians) and and through that, you have positively impacted in peoples heath around the world. You gave us a pressious gift.

Let the force be with you!!!!

I just want to tell you thanks for all the information and papers that you share with us. Thanks to your amazing work many patients have the best diagnosis and treatment for their diseases. I´m a junior neurosurgeon from Argentina trying to do my best for the patients and there are many physician like me learning because of you. I do deep brain stimulation for abnormal movement when it is possible (it's so expensive for the public health system).

Thank you very much! (apologies, my english is so bad)

I want to thank you for allowing doctors from epecially developing countries to acess scientific medical research for free.
Thank for being here.

Pr Rym Benmously Mlika

I am a newbie Neurosurgeon from India.
I have completed my Neurosurgery from India's dedicated neurosciences centre at Bangalore.
NIMHANS - National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences.
This institute was established way back in 1923 as dedicated psychiatry hospital. Today this institute is apex centre in India for Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
It is very grateful that you have created this Sci-Hub website.

Dr Prashant Singh
Mch Neurosurgery, NIMHANS, Bangalore
PDF Neurosurgery, SGPGI, Lucknow

I am a Plastic Surgeon from Kochi.
I just wanted to thank you for the immense work you have done. I always believed that knowledge should be freely available especially since those who wish to impart it do so without charging anything.
The non-availability of scientific papers due to the steep fees charged by the publishers of journals was a significant impediment for me and a large number of people like me. I sincerely thank you for creating Sci-Hub that has opened up the vast pool of knowledge that was locked up by the publishers.
Thank you

Dr Abhijeet Wakure

I am an allergist/clinical immunologist from Mexico City
I am really thankful for the work you’ve done to make science available and accesible with a huge impact on medical education and daily practice


THANK YOU SO MUCH for your work getting free scientific knowledge for entire world.

Without your work with SCI-HUB, it would be impossible to physicians like me, to access to high quality scientific information. Thanks to it, I could treat and offer better treatments for my patients, and obtain new information to help people in my clinical practice.

My name is Gilberto González López, I am 31 years old, I'm a Colombian Neurosurgeon in a public (poor) hospital.

Thank you again for Sci-Hub.
hugs from Colombia

Gilberto González-López MD
Neurosurgeon University of Cartagena
WFNS Fellow in Pediatric Neurosurgery Universitätsklinikum Tübingen