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IReL and Open Access: Optica Publishing Group

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


The IReL-OPG agreement (January 2022 – December 2024) gives current staff and students at participating institutions:

  • Access to Optics InfoBase Premium 
  • The ability to make articles accepted for publication in eligible Optica Publishing Group journals open access, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC) 

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. 


What journals are included?

The following journals are eligible for OA publishing

  • Applied Optics 
  • Biomedical Optics Express (Open Access)
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America A
  • Journal of the Optical Society of America B
  • Optica (Open Access)
  • Optical Materials Express (Open Access)
  • Optics Express (Open Access)
  • Optics Letters
  • OPG Continuum (Open Access)

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