As a student, having access to academic articles has become an important element in my education. It helps me to get a better understanding of subject by exposing me to different ideas and concept of the topic. With open access, I am grateful that I do not have to pay to read these articles because as a student, we do not have the financial ability to pay for every article we read.
There are many articles saying that open access is good but mostly is about the user of those materials not the content producer. Hence, it got me thinking what if I am the content producer. Is it beneficial for me? Thus, I reflect on my purpose when writing blog post like this which is to get as many people to read as possible and explore my ideas further and if my content ever helps my readers to improve on their understanding of this topic, I actually feel a sense of achievement.
With open access to my materials, many people can easily access to my work and if it is insightful, people will use it. With citation, it helps to increase my credibility and raise awareness to my opinion to this subject. For the past few topics, we talk about creating an online profile so just imagines the impression you will create for yourself when the article you have written is being well-received by the readers.
On the other hand, if I were to make my material open access, how do I cover my cost and how can I protect my work from being misused. By making my material open access, it means that I have to pay for the publication fees so that other people can easily enjoy my hard work for free. After reading many articles, research has shown that there are grants that helps to cover author’s research cost. As for the possibility of plagiarism, open access actually helps to spot plagiarism because once a person copied your work without citing your sources will be easily identified by the timestamp of your work when publish online. For extra protection for your work, content producer can also apply for copyright licenses.
In conclusion, there are many pros and cons to consider when deciding on using the open access approach but by the end of the day, you have to see for yourself the purpose in creating the content is to earn money or to share information. For me, I’m willing to share my information openly but being content producer will not be my main job unless I was being paid to be a content producer.
Below are videos and image that helps me in my learning for open access
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Creative Commons,. (2013). Public Access to Publicly Funded Materials: What Could Be. Retrieved 11 November 2015, from http://creativecommons.org/weblog/entry/39707
Edanzediting.com,. (2013). Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access | edanz editing global. Retrieved 11 November 2015, from http://www.edanzediting.com/blog/advantages_and_disadvantages_open_access#.VkK5XdIrLb0
Permission granted: open licensing for educational resources. (2015). Open Learning, 24(1), 101. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02680510802627886
Re…, E., pub…, S., Co…, O., inform…, G., & …, P. (2015). Advantages and disadvantages of Open Access. Tue.nl. Retrieved 11 November 2015, from https://www.tue.nl/en/university/library/education-research-support/scientific-publishing/open-access-coach/general-information-news/pros-and-cons-of-open-access/
Slideshare.net,. (2015). Open Access: Which Side Are You On. Retrieved 11 November 2015, from http://www.slideshare.net/cirasella/open-access-which-side-are-you-on-oa-week-2013
Sylvia.,. (2014). Topic 5: Advantages and disadvantages to a content producer of making their materials freely available online. Retrieved 11 November 2015, from https://sylviakangkang.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/topic-5-advantages-and-disadvantages-to-a-content-producer-of-making-their-materials-freely-available-online/