The following video highlights what open access is and relates it back to my topic of discussion in research papers:
Open Access can either take the Gold or Green route:
Gold- Immediate access to everyone free of charge. This is achieved through charging the author/funder or institution.
Green- Papers are still supplied to publishers initially, but after an embargo period of around 6-24 months the papers are deposited to a repository, for example an institutions repository and available to all.
(Infographic created by Jordan Dan)
The infographic below shows why Open Access is necessary?
(Content: Jill Cirasella. Graphics: Les Larue. License: Creative Commons: Attribution, Non-Commercial).
(Created by Author: Jordan Dan)
In conclusion, I think the benefits of sharing content outweigh the downside to creators. This is supported by the government in their decision in 2012 to side with the research provided in the Finch reports (Finch, 2012)- and support clear policy recommendations of “gold” open access research publications.
Not only would it lead to a greater amount of innovation and discoveries for content producers; but additionally would benefit individuals directly from having greater availability to research and thus improve their knowledge.
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