Laboratory Science Technology Program Guide

Traditional vs Open Access Publication Process: Creative Commons

Current Funding Cycle for Research Articles

  1. Government RFPs announced, research grants awarded
  2. Scientific research conducted and papers written
  3. Articles submitted to journals and peer review occurs
  4. Acceptance in journals; authors transfer copyright to publishers
  5. Articles published in mainly closed access journals
  6. Libraries subscribe or public pays per article fee to view on publisher's website
  7. Public granted little or no reuse rights beyond access to read articles
  8. Slow scientific progress, poor return on public investment

Optimized Funding Cycle for Research Articles

Open access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. (n.d.). Creative Commons.  Retrieved from

Traditional Research and Publication Cycle: University of New Mexico Library