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IReL and Open Access: Oxford University Press

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


The 2023 OUP limited allocation has now run out. Authors of accepted manuscripts will not be offered IReL-funded OA for the rest of 2023.

The IReL-Oxford University Press agreement (2021-2023) allows eligible corresponding authors in participating institutions (including UCC) to publish original research and review articles open access upon publication at no extra cost. It also provides read access to OUP's journals from arts, social science, scientific, technical, medical, professional and humanities disciplines, plus reference resources: Oxford Art Online, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford Music Online, Oxford Reference Online.

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'. 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.

See: Information for Authors

Note. There is a limited annual publishing fund, which mainly covers APCs in OUP's hybrid journals, rather than fully OA journals. Once the maximum article allowance for 2023 is reached authors will not be offered the option to publish open access at no cost, as the eligibility recognition will be switched off at that point. 

The 2023 OUP  allocation has now run out. Authors of accepted manuscripts will not be offered IReL-funded OA for the rest of 2023.

Further information

What journals are included?

Eligible journals: Over 360 hybrid journals (subscription journals which include open access content). There are also 20 subscription-only titles that do not currently offer open access. See the list of all the eligible journals in all IReL open access agreements, including OUP:

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access: