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Last Updated: Jan 07, 2020     Views: 238

Sci-Hub is an illegal website which provides access to research articles and books, without consideration for the copyright of the authors or publisher.

Use of Sci-Hub is a breach of the University's Digital Information Security Policy - you must only use the University's digital services in an ethical and lawful manner.

There have been claims that Sci-Hub has obtained log-in credentials from university staff and students via email phishing attempts and other scams (in order to obtain illegal access to subscription articles and papers which are then made available on the site).
Please be aware that sharing your log-in credentials is a breach of University policies and also of the Library’s resource licence agreements.

Accessing research – alternatives to Sci-Hub:

  • Use the Library Search Box to access open and subscribed content.
  • Refer to the Library’s A-Z Resource List to access particular databases directly.
  • Access the Library’s subscribed content via Google Scholar using the ‘Library Links’ settings.
  • Search the University’s institutional repository, ResearchDirect, for access to an approved open access copy or an authenticated source.

Sharing your research:

Before sharing your research on social networking sites, it’s imperative you check publishers’ guidelines.

  • Sherpa/Romeo provides information on journal archiving policies.
  • How Can I Share It contains information on publisher guidelines, and a tool that allows you to enter the DOI of an article and then advises where and how the article can be shared.
  • ResearchDirect is a collection of the University’s research output. It is possible to include an open access copyright compliant version of your research article in ResearchDirect (subject to publisher policies).


For further information please contact the Library’s Research Engagement team.



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