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IReL and Open Access: Springer

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

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The IReL-Springer Compact Read and Publish agreement (Apr 2021 - Dec 2024) details are as follows:

  • Read access: allows current staff and students from participating member institutions access to over 2,200 Springer Nature journals, including journals from ADIS and Palgrave imprints and Academic Journals on
  • Open access publishing: where the corresponding author is a current staff member or student of a participating member institution at the time an article is accepted for publication in one of the above journals, the author will be invited to publish the article open access at no extra cost. 
  • Eligible journals: see agreement page on
  • open access invitations are subject to approval by member institutions.
  • only articles accepted for publication between 1 April 2021 and 31 December 2024 are eligible.

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.

The corresponding author journey is described here. Note that you must choose 'University College Cork' from the dropdown menu.

Note. Once the quota is fully used, authors of accepted manuscripts will not be offered IReL-funded OA for the rest of 2024

The 2023 allocation ran out in 12 September 2023.

If the quota allowance has been reached, Authors of papers in hybrid journals can continue to make your work open access by depositing the accepted manuscript version in CORA UCC's open access repository. Contact the CORA team at

What journals are included?

There are over 2,000 Springer journals eligible for open access publication via this agreement and the list of titles included is available here.

Check eligible journals on IReL's list of all journals included in IReL open access agreements.

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access:

Further information