Access to Knowledge in Indian Universities
In a recent development, Elsevier, Wiley, and ACS have come together to file a lawsuit against Sci-Hub in the Delhi High Court requesting a dynamic injunction. If granted, a dynamic injunction means that Sci-Hub would be declared a rogue website and all the associated/representative domain names leading to the site in question would be blocked in India. The hearing in Delhi High Court begins on 24 December 2020.

If done, that would prove to be a fatal blow to academic research in India, predictably. Majority of the scholarly research in India is fueled by Sci-Hub, thanks to the non-existing database subscriptions Indian public universities have.

Showing how fatal the blow would be in data and numbers would be a significant step to shape the policy response in favour of saving Sci-Hub, and ensuring public access to knowledge. In this questionnaire, we aim to investigate this: "how dependent Indian scholarly research is on non-authorised sources such as Sci-Hub", with a specific focus on the Indian universities.

If you are a student, or were a student, in any of the Indian universities, we sincerely request you to answer this survey. The survey is completely anonymous, and confers upon the participant no legal liability whatsoever.
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What age group do you belong to? *
Which university do/did you go to? *
In case you attended multiple universities, please mention the one with highest NIRF ranking.
In what capacity did you attend the aforementioned university? *
How many research papers did you publish in your time at the university? *
On a scale of 10, how would you rate your dependence on Sci-Hub for accessing paywalled resources? *
(Please rate your pre-pandemic experience here. There is a separate question investigating your pandemic experience.)
Never
Always
When searching for a paper, where do you search first: SciHub or your university library subscriptions? *
(Please rate your pre-pandemic experience here. There is a separate question investigating your pandemic experience.)
On a scale of 10, how would you rate your dependence on Sci-Hub for accessing paywalled resources during the COVID lockdown? *
Never
Always
When searching for a paper during this COVID lockdown, where do you search first: SciHub or your university library subscriptions? *
On a scale of 10, how frequently do/did you have to use Sci-Hub only because your University didn't have the required subscription? *
Never
Almost always
On a scale of 10, how frequently did you have to borrow credentials from a friend in another university in order to access a paper? *
Never
Always
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