Topic 5 – Reflective Summary & Comments

talking-about-open-access-smash-and-subtler-tactics-13-638Taken from via Google

Many of us are definitely supports Open Access for free access to materials online. Even if the document requires a payment, students like me will definitely search for a free, downloadable document online.

However, after reading WeiJie’s post, it makes me feel that a paid document is being spread online as a free document will cause the company to lose money. Furthermore with many books going digitized to become e-book, companies might change to producing e-book instead. We should often stand in the company’s standpoint to understand what they are facing.

citation_OpenAccessTaken from PLoS One Via Google

In KaiYuan’s post, he mentioned about the amount of citations that Open access have benefitted them. Over the years, there have been an increased in documents being open access. With documents being open accessed, it helps to let authors gain recognitions.

Taken from exchanges.wiley via Google

As more books are going digitized, we might think that it will be easy to search online. Yes, even though it is easy to find it. But book that are provided online may only be free for the first few pages. So we definitely need to pay for the remaining chapters or whole book to find what we want. This actually tells us about how companies are changing their methods of letting their articles reach people. As technology continues to improve, instead of printing the articles and documents, they are uploading their articles online to reach out to people of different countries.

In my standpoint, I felt that materials should be freely accessed by everyone as it helps to benefit students that are doing research, further reading and references. On top of that, since it is freely accessed by everyone, scientists will be able to benefit as they might be able to make a new breakthrough with the information that they are able to get accessed to. Even if we are able to get accessed to information, citations and references will be required as it will help them get recognitions along the way.

2015 OA Week Infographic 2Taken from exchanges.wiley via Google

In conclusion, there are definitely documents that needs to be open and closed access. It will be good if a useful and enriching document is free so that people will be able to benefit from it. However, whether the material become open or closed access will require the author to decide. With the constant improving technology, it is hard to keep document closed access as there will always be someone to share it around.

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Link to comments:

Wei Jie’s Comment

Kai Yuan’s Comment


Does open access publishing increase citation or download rates? | Research Trends, Accessed 12 November 2015

Citation Advantage of Open access Articles | PLOS Biology, Accessed on 12 November 2015

The Effect of Open Access upon Citation Impact | Editor’s Update, Accessed on 12 November 2015

The Open Access citation advantage – ePrints Soton, Accessed on 12 November 2015

Open Access policy makes faculty research available | The Daily Illini, Accessed on 12 November 2015

Alan Lomax archives to be digitized and made open access | Bibliographic Wilderness, Accessed on 12 November 2015

Open Access: Students help revive and digitize rare books for Malayalam Wiki Library, Accessed on 12 November 2015

Open Access Vs. Closed Access | Taylor’s blog, Accessed on 12 November 2015

A Case Study in Closed Access | EFF, Accessed on 12 November 2015

New in PLoS ONE: Citation rates of self-selected vs mandated Open Access [Image], Accessed on 12 November 2015

26% of Books are now digital | Exchanges [Image], Accessed on 12 November 2015

Talking about Open access: SMASH and Subtler Tactics | [Image], Accessed on 12 November 2015

Open research in 2015: a look back | Exchanges [Image], Accessed on 12 November 2015


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