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3 year agreement: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2022. For more NUI Galway author instructions see here.

The Irish ScienceDirect agreement 2020-2022 was negotiated by representatives from a consortium of Irish universities, institutes of technology and TU Dublin, with assistance from IReL, THEA and the IUA. Negotiations with Elsevier began in June 2018 and were successfully concluded in February 2020. It gives participating institutions continued read-access to the Elsevier’s Freedom Collection of journals and allows corresponding authors from member institutions to publish articles open access in over two thousand Elsevier journals without publication charges. The agreement will allow an estimated 71% of articles by eligible authors in the relevant Elsevier journals to be open access immediately on publication for each year of the agreement.

All Irish authors with Elsevier will continue to be able to post copies of their articles to their institutions open access institutional repositories. Repositories may also use ScienceDirect APIs to automate downloads of structured metadata (including abstracts) for articles their authors published with Elsevier.

Further information:

Instructions for authors publishing with Elsevier >

ACM Open

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2020 — 31 Dec 2022

ACM OPENthe new IReL-ACM agreement for 2020, continues to provide access to ACM Digital Library, in addition to enabling NUI Galway corresponding authors to publish their scholarly articles with ACM on an open access basis without needing to pay article processing charges (APC).

Instructions for authors and more >

Annual Reviews

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2020 — 31 Dec 2020

IReL is participating in Annual Reviews’ “Subscribe to Open” initiative which will make all articles published in the five pilot journals OA from 2020, regardless of the author’s affiliation. 

Company of Biologists

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2020 — 31 Dec 2022

The Company of Biologists Read and Publish agreement 2020-2022, provides access to three journals  

It enables all eligible NUI Galway corresponding authors to publish open access articles in these leading biological science journals, without needing to pay article processing charges (APC’s).

Instructions for authors >

Electrochemical Society

1 year agreement: 1 Jan 2020 – 31 Dec 2020

Corresponding authors from NUI Galway may publish unlimited open access in ECS journals (Journal of The Electrochemical Society and ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology) without charge.

At the time of manuscript submission, authors must select ECS Plus under Step 6 – Open Access Waivers, Charges and Credits to take advantage of an article credit. 

 Additional Questions?

Hardy Schwamm

Hardy Schwamm

Open Scholarship Librarian
Twitter @hardyschwamm
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