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Open Access @ UCC: Publish your research - Open Access Agreements

Open access is a broad international movement that seeks to grant free and open online access to academic information, such as publications and data.

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Funded APCs for the 2023 allowance are running out with some publishers

Please Note For a number of agreements there is a limited annual quota of article processing charges (APCs) available to the consortium. For those agreements, once the maximum article allowance is reached, authors will not be offered the option to publish open access at no cost. For further details of 2023 limited allowances and approaching quota limits please see the individual agreement pages, in particular Springer, Elsevier, RSC, IEEE, Wiley and OUP

Please contact to check if there are any IRel funded APCs remaining with your chosen journal to cover the Open Access, Article Processing charges.  

See also: to check APC funding remaining with specific publishers.

For more information about the IReL agreements and how to avail of them please contact the APC team at 

Irish Research Electronic Library (IReL)








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

What is available? IReL delivers quality peer-reviewed online research publications - journals, databases, eBook collections. All of the IReL resources are available through UCC Library's Databases pages.

You can find a full listing of IReL resources here.

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access:

IReL and Open Access

UCC Library is a member of the IReL consortium. IReL seeks to secure open access agreements with publishers. 'Transformative Agreements' typically allow corresponding authors from eligible institutions to publish their articles open access immediately on publication. These 'Read & Publish' and 'Publish & Read' deals have evolved as a result of changes in the open access landscape, and in particular Plan S. The agreements cover both the subscription to the journal (the 'read' element), and the open access publishing cost (the 'publish' element). 

IReL has adopted the LIBER principles in seeking such agreements. Further information about IReL and open access can be found on the IReL website.

See Government press releases published on 24 May 2021 and 26 October 2022.

How can UCC authors avail of these agreements?

In order to be eligible, the corresponding author must be a current member of staff, or a current student.

To avail of IReL Open Access agreements it is essential that corresponding authors:

  • identify their organisation as ‘University College Cork'
  • use a UCC email address: OR OR OR

Please Note: For a number of the agreements there is a limited annual quota of article processing charges (APCs) available to the consortium. For those agreements, once the maximum article allowance is reached, authors will not be offered the option to publish open access at no cost, as the eligibility recognition will be switched off for articles accepted for publication after that point. For further details please see the individual agreement pages.

Which Publishers are included?

IReL has negotiated Open Access agreements with the following publishers (click on each for full details). 
IReL has also produced a master list of journal titles covered by the various agreements (correct as of January 2023) please check the individual publisher pages for full and up-to-date details).

Association of Computer Machinery (ACM)        Microbiology Society                         
American Chemical Society (ACS) Optica Publishing Group
American Institute of Physics (AIP) Oxford University Press
American Psychological Association (APA) PLOS Public Library of Science
Annual Reviews Rockefeller University Press 
BMJ Journals Royal Irish Academy 
Cambridge University Press  The Royal Society
Company of Biologists The Royal Society of Chemistry 
Electrochemical Society Sage
Elsevier (Science Direct) Springer
Emerald Taylor & Francis
IEEE      Wiley
Institute of Physics (IOP)