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[Meta] The Libgen/Sci-hub thread: How-to's, updates, and news

Greetings, scholars!

Please leave suggestions, edits, tips, etc. in the comments or PM me.

Libgen’s shakeup the last few weeks has prompted the creation of this post as a reference thread for news and updates regarding the current state of affairs. We rely on the community for most of the Libgen news, so please comment here if you have any so that we can integrate it. Additionally, Libgen and Sci-hub user guides are (will be) posted below as comments which will be permalinked on the sidebar. Feel free to share these links with requesters who are not familiar with Libgen/Sci-hub.

With the increased difficulty (albeit not much for seasoned users) and uncertainty of accessing Libgen, we should remember that /r/scholar began promoting their use only ~a year ago. As a fulfiller, you’re welcome to use whatever means of sharing you please, but please be considerate of those who have not used these services before and help them be successful. Of course it is your choice to directly upload articles via file hosting services, or suggest that a requester retrieve the article via Libgen/Sci-hub, but please be kind with your suggestions. The purpose of this subreddit remains unchanged: to (quickly) share knowledge with those in need. A giant THANK YOU to all those who have helped their brethren!

Libgen status: Online (as of Apr 23, 2016) - Please consider making a donation for a new mirror

As of 7/21/15, the "Scientific articles" button appears to be gone from the main Libgen pages.

As far as I know, each of these links searches the same database.

Libgen servers are blocking USA IP addresses. The easiest way around this is to use the .unblocked domain; i.e. for articles and for books. For a more streamlined solution, use free VPN service like betternet VPN (chrome:firefox) or Zenmate (chrome:firefox) to access. Zenmate is recommended because you can choose your country of proxy. You can also try hidebux or use the Tor browser. See this post for more discussion. UK IPs will not serve Libgen requests, but UKers can still access Libgen (I believe, correct me here) via See this post for more discussion.

Sci-hub status: Online, but note new domains (as of Apr 22, 2016) .

From Sci-Hub: URGENT! The blocking of Sci-Hub domains is ongoing. It is very likely that soon address will stop working. Yes, we have another addresses to move on. But there is a better solution. You can simply specify as one of your DNS servers in your computer network settings. Any domain will work then regardless of any blocking. How to do this? There is an instruction available for OpenDNS, however you can use it for Sci-Hub too. Just type in instead of At the university, you can also ask computer network administrators to configure this DNS server for Sci-Hub domains. This operation will revive even for old addresses:, and others. Please share this information to all interested parties, and Best regards!

Sci-hub may require proxy for US users.


Journal Article featuring (in part) /r/scholar

How Piracy Became a Cause Celebre in the World of Academics June 2016

Elsevier still pissed and frustrated with sci-hub May 2016

Who's downloading pirated papers? Everyone Apriil 2016

Should all research papers be free? (NY Times) March 2016

(US) Court Orders Shutdown of (Russian-hosted) Libgen, Bookfi, and Scihub. November 4, 2015.

A provocative piece in the Guardian predicting an academic ‘Biblioleaks’ and a further analysis of that article. August 13, 2015.

Court case filed in New York: Elsevier vs Sci-hub et. al

Libgen goes down due to legal pressure - June 22, 2015

Libgen sued by Elsevier - June 9, 2015

Other Libgen/Sci-hub Links

Sci-hub applet for Chrome and Firefox and examples on how to use it.

Official DevForums (in Russian)

Info about Libgen from its forum

[Donate to libgen] ( bitcoin 1ENFY4h7ntGZbqwcwpQtXVFJrPnfXRHQLe

Donate to Sci-hub: paypal [removed] or bitcoin 1K4t2vSBSS2xFjZ6PofYnbgZewjeqbG1TM


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Original Poster14 points · 3 years ago · edited 2 years ago

How-to: Sci-hub

Hi! You may have been directed to this comment because your article is already available to you via Sci-hub. Sci-hub works by directing your request through IPs with subscriptions to many journals (e.g. universities).

Here is how to access it:

  • Get either a) the DOI of the article you want or b) the link to the pdf you want. You can find DOI by pasting your article’s title into crossref.

  • Go here and paste in the DOI or link from the previous step. You may need a VPN proxy to access (see main body of this post).

  • You may need to click the refresh icon (green arrows) a few times to gain access.

When you request an article, you are asking someone else to spend their time and energy to retrieve it. We ask that you do your due diligence first so that others’ time is not wasted. Sci-hub is a fantastic resource for finding paywalled articles.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 years ago works as well, but i'm fairly certain they redirect to the same host.

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I don't understand how to use sci-hub, I used

I tried finding a book (I know it's for articles mainly but I tried anyway) So it redirect me to here, which is a crappy proxy with no images or formatting, I created a real account on the original website, but I don't even know if they offer the book.

And I have no idea what I do next, there's no link to any file. The book is "Calculo en varias variables, Manuel Besada". Does sci-hub only work for certain sites?

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Original Poster1 point · 3 years ago

sci-hub is mainly for articles. search libgen for books (although i looked for your book and it wasn't there). what don't you understand about using sci-hub?

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It found something related to my book, when I search in google scholar through sci-hub.

The first result is a description and isbn code of the book, but accessing through sci-hub only acts as a proxy, what I'm supposed to do now? where's the "download" button.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 years ago

the first result you link it is just a citation. there is nowhere to download the book.

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So that's why, I thought I was missing something obvious, thanks!

It's apparently available for photocopy in my university's library, so I might ask if I can get it digital and upload it.

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Since when are Cambridge Journals articles impossible to download via Sci Hub? :-/

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Original Poster2 points · 3 years ago

i think they're hit-or-miss...i have access to many cambridge journals but not all, so the same is likely true with their proxies.

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I'm quite sure I remember having downloaded some articles from this particular journal (Leiden Journal of International Law) a couple of weeks ago, now I can't get a single article.

Actually, that was this morning, sci hub is down for me at the moment.

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Original Poster1 point · 3 years ago

did you try with a proxy (if youre in US)?

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I had very bad luck finding Cambridge journal articles from sci-hub. One time i was trying to find an old article by chomsky - Accessibility “in principle”?...i ended up emailing chomsky for a copy.

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1 point · 3 years ago

Long live sci hub, if I make a a billion, be sure to know you'll receive 100 million

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Original Poster3 points · 3 years ago

i usually turn down money offers but i will gladly accept yours!

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Original Poster11 points · 3 years ago · edited 3 years ago

How-to: Libgen

Hi! You may have been directed to this comment because your article is already available to you via Libgen. Here is how to access it:

  • Get the DOI of the article you want. You can find this by pasting your title into crossref. You can also search by title, keywords, author, etc. but DOI is damn-near foolproof.

  • Go here and search using your DOI. If you cannot access this link, you may need to download a VPN extension (see this post).

  • Click the one of the mirrors (e.g. moscow, ocean, cyber) of the article to download it. Some downloads show as get.php--if this happens, simply change the extension to pdf--i.e. 'get.php' -> 'get.pdf'

When you request an article, you are asking someone else to spend their time and energy to retrieve it. We ask that you do your due diligence first so that others’ time is not wasted. Libgen, when accessible, is a fantastic resource hosting over 40 million scientific articles for your perusal.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 years ago

there are 3 mirrors to download the article immediately below the inactive DOI. i amended the how-to post to reflect this.

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Original Poster5 points · 3 years ago

feel free to post this in /r/scholar with [meta] tag and get some sweet karma.

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Original Poster2 points · 3 years ago

thanks for the update, will add to the news section and we'll see if this actually has any effect.

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Oh man that sucks.

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Did anyone else notice that if you go to or any other libgen mirror they removed the radio button for scientific article searches? The engine is still accessible if you go to /scimag though.

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Original Poster3 points · 3 years ago

that just happened hours ago, since it was there earlier today...interesting.

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