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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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Important Update:  Some IReL negotiated APC allocations are running out:

Outside of these agreements, UCC has no central fund to support paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs).

For hybrid journals, authors can continue to make their articles open access using the Green open access model, with no APC charge, subject to the journal’s policy. To deposit your accepted manuscript in CORA UCC's open access repository, contact the CORA team at 

More information available at and 


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.

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.

IReL and Open Access

UCC has several agreements with publishers through IReL that allow UCC corresponding authors to have articles made open access immediately with the publisher without payment of a further Article Processing Charge (APC).

The tabs in the publishers box below detail the current agreements in place and information on eligibility and conditions, and an IReL spreadsheet listing all the journals involved is available:

  • Most of the agreements have a limit on the number of APCs that can be granted, so acceptance cannot be guaranteed.
  • Researchers are advised to include Open Access charges wherever possible in any funding applications.  Outside of these agreements, UCC has no central fund to support paying individual Article Processing Charges (APCs).
  • The corresponding author must be a current staff member or student at UCC at the time an article is accepted for publication.
  • UCC affiliation should be used on the paper.

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

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 agreements:

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)     

Who to contact in UCC

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

For more general queries about Open Access: