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Open Access Publishing Agreements: Elsevier

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

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The Irish Elsevier/ ScienceDirect agreement 2020-2022 was negotiated by representatives from a consortium of Irish universities, institutes of technology and TU Dublin. The agreement allows corresponding authors from member institutions to publish a proportion of articles (an estimated 71%, equating to 230 articles per year in the case of UCD) open access in over two thousand Elsevier journals without any direct publication charges. It also provides continued read-access to the Elsevier’s Freedom Collection of journals for the 19 participating institutions, including UCD. (Source: IReL).

Publishing volumes and activity are being monitored, and the agreement will be reviewed annually to ensure it meets the needs of the UCD community.

NOTE: The UCD allocation of APCs for 2021 was used up in September 2021.  We expect this to happen earlier in 2022.
Corresponding authors with articles accepted once the allocation has been used up will need to either find other sources of funding to pay the APC fee, or (if publishing in a hybrid journal), publish without a fee to subscribers on the publisher site while making a version of your article available through the Research Repository UCD


Agreement details

UCD corresponding authors will be able to publish on a selection of over 2000 Elsevier journals without article processing charges. See the following link for the full list of titles covered by the agreement:

Agreement period:

The ScienceDirect agreement covers articles accepted for publication between January 1st 2020 and December 31st 2022. 

What if the journal I want to publish in is not covered by the agreement?

You can still make your article openly accessible by self-archiving it in Research Repository UCD via the UCD RMS (an embargo may apply depending on the specific journal).

For more information on how to deposit your paper to Research Repository UCD visit our help guide.

What is the procedure for Open Access publishing?

When a paper has been submitted on or after January 1st 2020, and is subsequently accepted, the corresponding author will be sent an e-mail with a link to an author publication tool. The tool offers several publishing options. If the author selects Gold Open Access as their preferred option, UCD Library will then validate their eligibility, and the article will be published open access on the journal website.

Further information can be found in the following Elsevier presentation:

How is the Open Access article allowance allocated?

Each participating institution has been allocated a specific OA allowance each year. The allowance will cover an estimated 71% of articles by eligible authors in the relevant Elsevier journals. For UCD, this currently means a total of 230 articles per year. During the first year this number will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If the allowance is used up, Elsevier’s editorial systems will instead offer corresponding authors the options of:

  1. Open Access via an Article Processing Charge invoiced to the corresponding author, or
  2. Traditional no-charge subscription-based publishing, where the article will be available only to subscribing readers.

Data from the process will be reviewed at the end of the first year, and the procedure for open access article allocation may be reviewed at this stage.

Contact UCD Library

If you have any queries in relation to this agreement, please contact

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