In the interest of open educational resources, I have decided to publish my research using a free online scholarly journal website host called Academia.edu.
Why would I choose to do this instead of submitting my paper to a peer-reviewed research journal which would give me more “street cred”? Advancement and innovation requires access to information. When valuable research journals are locked behind a very high “paywall,” that access goes away.
For more information about Open Access, watch this great animation from the folks at PHD Comics: