Fast and Furious (at Publishers): The Motivations behind Crowdsourced Research Sharing

Abstract: “Crowdsourced research sharing takes place across social media platforms including Twitter  hashtags such as #icanhazpdf, Reddit Scholar, and Facebook. This study surveys users of these peer?to? peer exchanges on demographic information, frequency of use, and their motivations in both providing  and obtaining scholarly information on these platforms. Respondents also provided their perspectives  on the database terms of service and/or copyright violations in these exchanges. Findings indicate that the motivations of this community are utilitarian or ideological in nature, similar to other peer?to?peer  file sharing online. Implications for library services including instruction, outreach, and interlibrary loan  are discussed.”