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IReL and Open Access: BMJ Journals

IReL, the Irish Research eLibrary is a nationally funded electronic research library. IReL also seeks to secure open access agreements with publishers.


The IReL-BMJ agreement (2024-2026) allows eligible corresponding authors in participating institutions to publish original research open access in a range of BMJ Hybrid journals, at no extra cost (with fees covered by the agreement).


Journals eligible for OA

  • All open access articles will be published allowing reuse under a CC-BY licence, or CC-BY-NC in selected journals**, unless your funder mandates reuse under the CC-BY licence.


See the full list of all eligible journals


Instructions for Authors

For your article submission to be included under the agreement, you must be the corresponding author and affiliated to 'University College Cork' at the time the article is accepted for publication. In the article submission process you must correctly identify your institution as 'University College Cork'. You must use your UCC email address, and not addresses from other domains. At the time the article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author must be a current staff member or student with a participating institution.



Who to contact in UCC

For queries about Open Access agreements and IReL resources, please contact:

For more general queries about Open Access:

Further information