I happen to have a certain research paper for government due tomorrow morning, and I am not quite sure if I can use personal experiences in it. However, I have an official website, so I can post them here, and reference myself.
Years ago, when I was in 7th and 8th grade, I consumed any biology tutorials and any cloning methods I could. A good half of what I researched I could never access myself. Never has there been the capability to educate so many people. There are those out there doing valuable research for the masses that are actively discriminated against with paywalls. It is frustrating to see scientists, such as Jeffrey Beall, who have never in their life been deprived of research due to a paywall.
From the above. “The OA movement is an anti-corporatist movement that wants to deny the freedom of the press to companies it disagrees with”. This is a wholesomely incorrect statement. I am an open access advocate because it affects me. I taught myself not from expensive textbooks and state-of-the-art libraries, I taught myself from the resources available to me as a middle schooler learning biology. I, personally, would only publish my work in open journals on a moral basis. I want the world to be better for people like me, not just put it behind a paywall. Saying open access “sacrifice[s] the academic futures of young scholars” is simply not true. I am a young scholar, and open access is the only thing that allowed me to get to where I am.
While I respect Jeffrey Beall’s list of potentially predatory publishers, I believe there ought to also be a voice for many of the DIY biologists who can’t afford research. Though we all know where to get the articles… well.. we should not have to break the law in order to do good research for the benefit of all humanity.