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IReL and Open Access: Oxford University Press


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.

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

  • For articles accepted from April 2021: eligible corresponding authors will be invited to make their articles open access on acceptance.
  • For articles accepted between January 2021 and March 2021: eligible corresponding authors will be contacted by OUP in late April 2021, inviting them to make the article open access retrospectively. 

Note. There is a limited annual publishing fund. Once the maximum article allowance for 2022 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. 

Further information

What journals are included?

Eligible journals: all 84 OUP published open access journals and 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. Title lists (correct as of April 2021).

Note. For 2022 the APC quota for IReL is: 
117 articles in hybrid journals + 2 in fully-OA journals

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access: