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Open Access Publishing Agreements: Introduction

Discover the current open access publishing agreements in place, allowing options for publishing research open access at no cost to the author.

Open Access Publishing and UCD Library

UCD Library, as a member of the IReL consortium of Irish academic libraries, has entered into a number of Open Access Publishing agreements with key scholarly publishers. These agreements allow UCD corresponding authors to publish an agreed number of Open Access articles in the publishers' academic journals without paying Article Processing Charges. 

Open Access Journals Full List

A full list of all the journals included in the IReL agreements can be found here.

Who can avail of these agreements?

Open access publishing agreements can be availed of by all corresponding authors affiliated with UCD at the time the paper is accepted for publication. The corresponding author is the person responsible for manuscript submission and all correspondence/communication during the publication process.

Please ensure you include your UCD address and UCD email address in the corresponding author details at the time of submission.

Do I still need to self-archive my research in an open access repository (e.g. Research Repository UCD) if my article is now open access on the publisher's website?

Some funding bodies/programmes (e.g. Horizon 2020, Horizon Europe) may still require you to archive your publication in a repository even if it is already published open access, so check your grant agreement to ensure you comply with any such requirements.

Otherwise, there is no need to also self-archive your work in a repository as your publication is already openly accessible, but you can still do so if you wish.

Which open access/creative commons licence should I select?

Creative Commons (CC) licences do not replace copyright. By adopting CC licences authors allow others to use their published work more flexibly. We recommend that you first check if your funding body requires or prefers a specific licence.

The most common CC licences are:

CC BY logo
CC BY: This licence lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licences offered. Recommended for maximum dissemination and use of licensed materials.

CC BY-NC logo
CC BY-NC: This licence lets others remix, adapt, and build upon your work non-commercially, and although their new works must also acknowledge you and be non-commercial, they don’t have to license their derivative works on the same terms.

CC BY NC-ND logo
CC BY-NC-ND: This licence is the most restrictive of the six main licenses, only allowing others to download your works and share them with others as long as they credit you, but they can’t change them in any way or use them commercially.


For more information on the full range of CC licensing options, and advice on choosing the right licence for your research, see the CC licence choosing tool.

Further Help & Support

If you have any questions in relation to any of the open access publishing agreements detailed on this guide please contact

For information about open access more generally, please contact Aoife Quinn Hegarty, Scholarly Communications Librarian, UCD Library ( or see our Open Access guide.

Creative Commons license