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IReL and Open Access: Royal Irish Academy

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


This agreement (which runs from 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026) allows corresponding authors from participating members (including UCC) to publish unlimited OA articles without APCs in the RIA’s six journals:

  • Ériu 
  • Irish Studies in International Affairs
  • Irish Journal of Earth Sciences (IJES)
  • Mathematical Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy
  • Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy 
  • Biology and Environment

The agreement also provides read access to these titles via JSTOR, plus access to the back issues of same, and earlier journal publications of the Royal Irish Academy.


See the full list of all eligible journals under current IReL Agreements:


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. 

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access: