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IReL and Open Access: Sage

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


The IReL-SAGE Read and Publish agreement allows corresponding authors (where they are a current staff member or student with participating member institutions at the time the article is accepted for publication) to publish articles open access:

  • in SAGE Choice hybrid journals at no extra cost
  • with a 20% article processing charge (APC) discount in most SAGE Gold journals (fully open access journals) 
    • NOTE: For Gold Journals a 20% article processing charge (APC) discount only is available. The remainder must be covered by an alternative funding source

The agreement also includes read access to the 2021 SAGE Premier Package (over 1,000 titles).

The Current agreement period is 1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026

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. 

See SAGE’s guide to IReL & SAGE Premier Read and Publish Open Access Agreement which includes:

  • IReL SAGE OA publishing agreement introduction (video)
  • IReL Author OA Publishing workflow (Powerpoint)
  • Author workflow for OA agreements (video)


What journals are included?

The agreement covers corresponding authors publishing an article in 900+ subscription journals which offer hybrid open access publishing (SAGE Choice). See list of journals included.

There are a number of exceptions.

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


NOTE: Corresponding authors publishing an article in a gold open access journal are entitled to a 20% discount only on the article processing charge (APC) for that journal. Click here for the participating Gold journal title list.

Further information

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access: