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Open Access Publishing Resources: Scholarly Publishing Cycle

Make informed decisions in publishing scholarly research.

Scholarly Publishing Cycle

scholarly publishing cycle

Scholarly Publishing Overview

  • Researchers obtain grant funding, usually from federal agencies
  • Researchers use those monies to pay for labs, equipment, grad students, etc. to carry out their research
  • Researchers write up the results of their research and then seek out a journal to publish it in.
  • Publishers accept articles for publication, but require the authors to sign over their copyright, meaning that the journal now owns the article.
  • Publishers sell back the journals to libraries at exorbitant prices
  • Libraries buy the journals because they are essential for research being conducted by faculty and students.
  • Neither authors nor peer reviewers are paid for their services.