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Open Access Publishing: Cambridge University Press

The Glucksman Library's guide to assist researchers to publish their work Open Access

This agreement as part of the IReL consortium, covers the period of the 1st of January 2021 - 31st of December 2025


Journals included for OA publishing:

Eligible article types:

  • research articles 
  • case report 
  • brief report
  • review 
  • rapid communications format article


What journals are covered

Approximately 10,000 journals are covered by IReL agreements.  IReL have created a google doc that is updated regularly with all the journal titles covered by this agreement

Columns G and H of the linked spreadsheet will also give an indication if a fund is due to run out before the year end and the projected date it will run out. 

Information for Authors

How to publish Open Access under this agreement:

1. Choose your journal on Cambridge Core

  • Find the journal that best fits your work on Cambridge Core.
  • Publishing OA under this agreement is only available journals covered by this agreement, as listed above.

2. Submit your research

  • Follow the instructions on your journal’s homepage to submit your research.
  • Ensure you use your institutional affiliation (ideally using an ORCID iD). Eligibility is based on the corresponding author’s affiliation as it is printed on the article; this affiliation should reflect where the research was mostly conducted. 

3. Complete your OA publishing agreement

4. Coordinate your APC transaction 

  • CUPs service provider Rightslink will then contact you to coordinate your APC transaction. To take advantage of this agreement, you must seek funding from your institution, following the instructions in CUPs Guide to Paying an APC.
  • Affiliated corresponding authors are eligible to have their APC fully covered. Please note that IReL defines affiliated as a ‘current staff member or student at the time the article is accepted for publication’ and will verify your status before approving OA funding.
    University of Limerick has pre-paid for OA publishing as part of this agreement. Seeking funding will not impose any additional cost on the library.

5. Publication

  • Congratulations! Once your article has published, anyone can find, read and share your research.

Author affiliations

Corresponding authors must be a current staff member or student of UL.  

In the article submission process you must correctly identify your institution.

You should use your UL email address when submitting your article. 

If your manuscript is accepted for publication, the publisher will give you the opportunity to make your article Open Access and apply a Creative Commons license. The publisher will then contact the participating institution to confirm your eligibility under the agreement.