” WHY PAY WHEN YOU CAN GET IT FREE FROM WIKI? “
Does this ever happen to you when you were searching for articles for your assignment and you ended up at a website that requires you to pay to read more? You rolled your eyes and decided to just use the similar information you get from Wikipedia. However, do you know that Wikipedia is part of an Open Access platform? Before you start asking questions on what is Open Access and what are the pros and cons of Open Access, all these will be shared below, follow the post to find out more!
Open Access refers to online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access and free to be reused, meaning they are not subjected to certain copyright and license restrictions. The video below describes Open Access in a nutshell.
So what are the benefits of Open Access?
So how does this benefits the publishers and end users?
- Exposure to more readers increases readership and visibility.
- Articles are published sooner than traditional articles
- More citing enhances visibility and impact of one’s work
- Free Accessibility helps developing countries and small or specialized research institutions and corporations who are unable to afford.
- Strengthens the basis for transfer (education), development (research) and valorization of knowledge.
- The ability to re-use helps to enhance and accelerate research cycle
However, even the sweetest chocolate expires. There are bound to be negative consequences for everything. Below shows the disadvantages of Open Access.
- Will not retain copyright.
- Misrepresentation by other users might tarnish their image.
- Researchers can be spammed by open access publishers of often dubious quality.
However, the idea of Open Access still gets supported despite the disadvantages.
If there are ideas and things that are worth to preserved and treasured, there will be people who will help to make it happen.
Here are some of the ways how companies help to minimize the negative impact of Open Access:
Eg. How Wiley and other companies fund and help with the cost of publishing and efforts of open access
Eg. Copyright Clearance Center partners with other Open Access platforms to provide credibility and copyright issues.
Ultimately, Open Access content does not just revolve around articles and books for researchers but it involves the stuff that we use in our daily life as well such as the videos we watched on YouTube, music we hear from Spotify and posts we read from Facebook/Blogs. Let us do our part by citing and referencing them for their work to encourage the content creators to keep up their good work.
Thank you for reading.
Home (1956) Advantages and disadvantages of open access. Available at: https://www.tue.nl/en/university/library/education-research-support/scientific-publishing/open-access-coach/basic-concepts-and-background/pros-and-cons-of-open-access/#top (Accessed: 15 November 2016).
Ltd, E.G. (2013) Advantages and disadvantages of open access. Available at: https://www.edanzediting.com/blogs/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open-access (Accessed: 15 November 2016).
Pros and cons (no date) Available at: http://www.openaccess.nl/en/what-is-open-access/pros-and-cons (Accessed: 15 November 2016).
2016, S.E. (2016) Benefits of open access. Available at: http://sparceurope.org/open-access/benefits-of-open-access/ (Accessed: 15 November 2016).