Reading medical/health stories for my job, I came upon one about how “Nonprofit hospitals top the list of profitable hospitals.” Following the link I got to the paper the report is based on, published in the past few days. But reading the paper would cost me $15 for 24 hours. Seriously. I could probably request it free with journalist credentials, but I just wanted to quickly skim it for info.
So I went to Sci-Hub instead, just to see. I entered the paper’s DOI (sort of the equivalent of a URI/URL but for academic papers) and within two seconds I had the full PDF in front of me. Awesome, and I had the info I wanted (a list of the most profitable non-profit hospitals) in seconds — no waiting for e-mailing back and forth with editors.