Topic 5: Reflective Summary

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Be it in which industry, content producers will always contemplate the same issue in their minds: Should I let my work be accessible to all? There is no right or wrong answer in this scenario as there will always be two sides to the picture. But it boils down to whether users abuse the system that leads to further arguments on whether materials should be made online freely.

In Wanni’s blog, she related this topic to the previous topic on ethics, which I personally find is a point that is easily overlooked. Before people commit piracy or plagiarism, it is a personal judgement on whether it is ethical to do so, or rather whether it is right or wrong. Hence I understood why schools and companies usually stress the importance of citing and referencing to ensure due respect and credit is given to them for the work they have produced.

Li Ting touched on a severe topic of plagiarism, which is a major reason why content producers are not willing to go “open”. The example of ZARA she gave clearly reflects how plagiarism can happen on anyone, or plagiarism can be done by anyone. This is a huge threat for smaller companies or people where large companies (like ZARA) can defend themselves easily for the work they have ripped through their power and wealth of hiring lawyers to prove their innocence when they are caught. This article by Plagiarism Today is a good example of how anyone can plagiarize.

In my opinion after reading both blogs and gaining better insight, open access does have its perks and cons. But to me, with the growth of technology, it is easier for people to catch plagiarism, piracy etc. Hence, content producers can rest their mind if people wants to rip their work.

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Commented Blogs:

Wanni’s Blog: https://waannigo.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/is-free-the-answer/comment-page-1/#comment-26

Li Ting’s Blog: https://sixteen1one.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/plagiarism-in-the-creative-industry/comment-page-1/#comment-24

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

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“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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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.

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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?

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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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References:

Peter Suber, Open Access Overview (definition, introduction). (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm
Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/bethesda.htm
Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Access. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from https://www.edanzediting.com/blogs/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-open-access

Open Access: Why Academic Publishers Still Add Value. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016 from https://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/nov/22/open-access-research-publishing-academics?CMP=twt_gu

(n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://www.nature.com/nature/focus/accessdebate/34.html
Open Access. (n.d.). Retrieved November 15, 2016, from http://blogs.usyd.edu.au/openaccess/2013/11/the_difference_between_green_a.html