Who is pirating research papers around the World?

This map is some food for thought. Sci-Hub is the pirate bay for scholarly literature. Scientific papers that normally costs tens or thousands of dollars can be downloaded here for the free.

Over the 6 months leading up to March, Sci-Hub served up 28 million documents. More than 2.6 million download requests came from Iran, 3.4 million from India, and 4.4 million from China.

Clearly, India being a populous country with many scientists, researchers, and research students should be among the top downloaders in here. In fact not being among the top would have been more worry some.

But, take a look at the map below and see if you can find something interesting. Reply below on what you think.

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