PLOS and IReL Sign Three Year Open Access Publishing Agreement

PLOS, the non-profit open access publisher, and IReL, the Irish library consortium, today announced a new three year open access agreement, which allows researchers at eight participating institutions to publish open access articles in PLOS journals. 

This agreement is IReL’s twentieth open access agreement and its first with a fully open access publisher.

IReL support for open scholarship infrastructure – IReL

IReL, the Irish e-resources licensing consortium, is very pleased to announce that it is supporting the following SCOSS-endorsed initiatives:

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 
Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) & OAPEN 
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Much of the infrastructure needed to make open research possible must be openly available without user-facing or institution-facing charges. This presents a challenge in sustainably funding it. One way of making this work is for libraries, library consortia and other stakeholders to commit ongoing funding on a voluntary basis. 

IReL and its member libraries recognise that these infrastructures are of long standing benefit to libraries and their users and are crucial to open research globally. Therefore we agree that it is in our interests to help sustain them.

IReL is committed to supporting these initiatives for three years, from 2022 to 2024.

IEEE and IReL Expand Access To Irish Technology Research with New Transformative Open Access Agreement

“IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for humanity, announced today that it has reached an open access read and publish agreement with IReL, the Irish licensing consortium.

The transformative read and publish agreement enables corresponding IReL authors to publish open access articles in IEEE’s industry-leading journals and provides reading access to over five million documents from the IEEE Xplore Digital Library. The agreement also makes it more convenient for authors to publish open access articles with IEEE as eligible authors pay no article processing charges (APCs): these costs are covered by IReL under the agreement….”

IreL Signs Read and Publish Agreement with Oxford University Press – The University Times

“Oxford University Press (OUP) has signed a read and publish agreement with IReL – a consortium of 10 Irish universities – that will grant the colleges access to hundreds of the press’s titles.

The three-year deal enables students and academic staff at participating institutions to access the full journals collection of the OUP – which includes over 340 titles.

Through the publishing side of the agreement, researchers at the institutions will be able to publish their work in OUP’s fully open access and hybrid journals without paying individual fees….”