Topic 5: Is Free Materials A Good or Bad Thing For Content Producers?

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(Source: Aims Press)

“I cannot access to the article online! They don’t display the full thing!”

This is the common phrasing that every student will use when they try to access to an article online that has limitations to what they display. Open-access (OA) literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Bethesda (2003) said “We believe that open access will be an essential component of scientific publishing in the future and that works reporting the results of current scientific research should be as openly accessible and freely useable as possible.”

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(Source: How to Publish Journals)

According to the statistics from 700 answers collected about open access journals, this has been the breakdown of conclusion derived from it:

  1. 62% of the respondents would submit their articles to OA journals.
  2. 35% would send it, but after good analysis of the OA journal: indexation, impact factor and fees to authors, which make sense anyway.
  3. 23% of professors wouldn’t, which is a pretty high percentage of them.

(Source: Youtube)

I found the video above that perfectly explains what is open access, or known as free materials. There are two types of open access – Gold and Green. Gold refers to work that is immediately available free of charge at the site of publication to any member of the public while green refers to work that is made publicly available in a repository, institutional or subject-based, after an embargo period.

So what would be the advantages and disadvantages to a content producer of making their materials freely available online?


(Source: Picture by myself from Piktochart)

The above picture is just a short compilation of the advantages and disadvantages of free online materials for content producers. For the advantages of free online materials, it will greatly move forward the advancement and development of education and research especially for scientists and researchers in the low-income countries due to maximum visibility impact. Studies can be built on without any restriction which expands knowledge of both researchers and readers.

For disadvantages, the cost of publication fee will turn away more researchers to go open access, especially when they are cutting funds and costs. Furthermore, the quality of the work is bound to suffer when their work is being reproduced from misrepresentation, tarnishing their reputation and work. All these makes sustainability for open access tough for research.

In my opinion, or content producers to embrace open access publication, the internet society has to play their part by ensuring proper citation of articles and research is done when any part of the original producer’s work is being used. If it was you, will you publish your work as an open access?

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Peter Suber, Open Access Overview (definition, introduction). (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from
Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from
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Open Access: Why Academic Publishers Still Add Value. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016 from

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2 thoughts on “Topic 5: Is Free Materials A Good or Bad Thing For Content Producers?

  1. Hi Beatrice,
    Your post is well written with sufficient statistics and evidence to back it up to paint a concrete picture. I totally agree with your point where everyone has a part to play when it comes to giving credit to the original authors. This alleviates cases of plagiarism and content producers would be more willing to publish their work as OA articles.
    However like you said, the major reason why people may be unwilling to publishing OA articles is the publishing cost incurred. If content producers do not get any form of compensation for their articles, while forking out money for publishing; they will not be able to sustain this trend for long. Are there any viable solutions to be implemented for this issue? Will it be a good idea if publishers are to have a closely monitored paywall to recoup the losses, where users only pay for the content they need?


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