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IReL and Open Access: IEEE

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


Note: IReL is currently negotiating renewal of this agreement from January 2024.  For more information see our update on 2024 TA renewals

The 2023 allowance was fully used by September 2023

The IReL-IEEE agreement (1 March 2021 – 31 December 2023):

  • Allows corresponding authors (where they are a current staff member or student at the time the article is accepted for publication) to publish articles open access in all IEEE journals (hybrid and fully open access journals).
  • The agreement also provides read access is to all journals, conference proceedings and standards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEEE). 

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'.  During 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. 

Authors can continue to make their articles available using the Green open access model, subject to the journal’s policy. Deposit the accepted manuscript in CORA UCC's open access repository. Contact the CORA team at

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access:

What journals are included?

All IEEE journals (hybrid and fully open access journals). Check eligible journals on IReL's list of all journals included in IReL open access agreements.

Note. There is a quota of 414 articles for the full term of the agreement (1 Mar 2021 – 31 Dec 2023), allocated across the participating institutions on a first-come-first-served basis. 

Further information