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Acquisitions: IReL and Open Access Agreements

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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 please contact:

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 the Government press release published on 24 May 2021.

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

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 April 2021-please check the individual publisher pages for full and up-to-date details).

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