What is Open Access?
Open Access allows universal and free accessibility of all kinds of published information on the web. The concept was first introduced by the Budapest Open Access Initiative in February 2002. The initiative defined the concept of open access as follows:
“The literature that should be freely accessible online is that which scholars give to the world without expectation of payment. (…) By “open access” to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet (…) The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”
Ever since the discussion about Open Access has intensified. While some people don’t agree with the principle of providing scholarly articles and scientific research material to everyone, others strongly support the concept in favor of universal access to education.
Why Open Access?
At PlagScan, we strongly support the idea of education accessibility. Even though Open Access also simplifies copying work from existing material, it revolutionizes overall education worldwide – opening new doors for individuals as well as institutions.
Instead of paying for information in form of subscription fees, PlagScan CEO Markus Goldbach argues that research funded by the public should also be accessible to them.
“Even though Open Access has expanded throughout the last couple years, in many cases, people still have to pay for access to information,” he said. “Decades ago, it was a romantic idea to provide free information to everyone and now we actually have the capacity to do so.”
Further Potential of Open Access
Open Access encyclopedias like Wikipedia and many open access journals have shown positive outcomes from freely available information. Research and accessible education fosters global collaboration and shared knowledge, regardless of social classes and income.
“People have the ability to self-regulate the quality of content in regards to correctness, language style and make sure it’s up to date,” Goldbach said. “Additionally, an open access culture allows an open discussion and rating of papers instead of discussions behind curtains. Openly shared ideas would truly push valuable research to the top of the charts.”
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