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Open Access : Transformative Agreements - APCs

IRel and Open Access

TUS is a member of IRel, a consortium of Irish Research Libraries. Established in 2004, it provides participating member institutions with access to a wide range of licensed e-resources, open access publishing agreements and open science infrastructure. 

IRel secures open access agreements with publishers. Transformative Agreements typically allow corresponding authors from eligible institutions to publish their articles open access immediately on publications. These read and publish 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). 

Which Agreements can TUS access?

Publisher   Link to Agreement Additional information 

Oxford University Press - (hybrid journals and fully-OA journals)

Read and APC

Oxford University Press


OUP Open Access Account User guide 


Read and APC SAGE

SAGE Information for IReL

SAGE guide to the agreement 


Read and APC


Wiley instructions to authors 

Wiley author compliance tool 

Cambridge University Press

Read and APC Cambridge University Press

Cambridge page for IReL

Cambridge open access waivers and discounts 

Taylor and Francis 

Read and APC Taylor and Francis  Taylor and Francis page for IReL

Springer Nature: Springer Compact  

Read and APC Springer Nature: Springer Compact  Springer Nature page for IReL

A full list of Open Access Journals published by the above publishers can be found Here (please filter to the appropriate publisher to view available journals) 

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How can TUS avail of the agreements?

In order to be eligible, the corresponding author must be a current member of staff or a current student at the time the article is accepted for publication. It is essential that corresponding authors

  • Identify their organisation as TUS
  • Use a TUS email address

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 above linked individual agreement pages.

What is an APC?

  • An Article Processing Charge (APC) is a one off payment to cover the costs of publishing in gold or hybrid Open Access Journals. 
  • TUS membership of IRel provides access to APCs for a number of journals
  • These APCs are shared across the consortium and are allocated on a first come first served bases 

Are you ready to publish or need more information? Contact  the Scholarly Communications Librarian 

How to publish with IReL APCs Information sessions

Do I still need to self- archive my research in an open access repository?

Yes! Some funding bodies/programmes (e.g. Horizon 2020) 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.

Some other benefits to depositing your work in Researh@THEA include

  • Greater impact of scholarship
  • Discoverable via search engines such as Google & Google Scholar
  • Long term preservation of work
  • Enhance Faculty/Department/Research Institute and TU's reputation
  • Enables and encourages interdisciplinary approaches to research
  • Building research and industry connections