(Source: Youtube – Guo Yixin)
Hi Guys! As you can see… I’ve made a video myself.
Cute dog isn’t it?
Just look at how easy I’ve uploaded it up on social media for free. But does it mean it is okay for others to use it for their own purpose without crediting? With relevance to my previous topic, this is an example of how easy it is for others to rip off my content and make it theirs.
In this society, Internet is indispensable.
It is easily within our reach and thus had played a major role in promoting globalisation. People can share and transfer their knowledge easily around the world. As a saying goes…
Sharing will enrich everyone with knowledge.
The Perks of publishing materials online for free
For students like us, we have a heavy reliance on free materials online for our researches. We have low disposable income which in return reduces the chances of us buying articles. There might be a chance whereby the articles are in no use for us but we cannot do refunds.
(Credits: Open Access Explained!)
Having this, it would also increase their readership.
With positive recognition and credibility, it expose them to receive opportunities from around the world to join in International research. It is part of self-branding online.
The Cons for publisher
In order for publishers to upload their articles online, they have to pay a certain amount of publication fees. For end users like us, it is totally free. Publishers spend time and effort on all kinds of work for free but it is not them who are profiting.
Furthermore, copyright infringement is also an issue. End users might use informations from open access resources and not cite the publisher. Since it is an open access resource, it is easy for users to plagiarise them.
Take a look at this video:
So.. how do you actually weigh the pros and cons for the publisher?
I would say there is still no definite answer.
In conclusion, end users is still responsible to cite and give the publishers the recognition they deserve even if it’s an open access resource. Just like how I would appreciate it if others credit me if they use my dog’s photos showed on my video even though my it’s free for all to see.
But end of the day it’s…