Introduction: this agreement gives current staff and students at participating institutions:

  1. Access to all BMJ hybrid journals and the BMJ Online
  2. The ability to make their articles accepted for publication in all BMJ Hybrid journals, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC)

Further details below.

Agreement period:   1 Jan 2024 – 31 Dec 2026

Participating members

  • Dublin City University  
  • Maynooth University  
  • Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
  • Technological University Dublin 
  • Trinity College Dublin 
  • University College Cork  
  • University College Dublin 
  • University of Galway
  • University of Limerick 

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Open access agreements for Ireland – information for authors

OA quota per year

  • Unlimited Open Access

Journals eligible for OA

Eligible authors

  • The corresponding author must be a current staff member or student of a participating institution at the time the article is accepted for publication. The corresponding author must ensure their correct affiliation details are known to the publisher at this time
  • Requests to publish OA under the agreement are subject to approval by participating members
  • For articles accepted from 04 May 2021: eligible corresponding authors will be invited to make their articles open access on acceptance

OA publishing license:

Publishing in 21 journals under the terms of the CC-BY licence and 13 journals require use the CC-BY-NC licence for OA publication unless CC-BY is specifically mandated by funders

Eligible articles will be published under a CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC 4.0. Some journals require a CC-BY-NC license (unless a CC-BY license is mandated by funders). Journals requiring a CC-BY-BY license can be found here

Where research on which an Open Access Article is based is funded by a funder that mandates the use of CC-BY licence, or BMJ has expressly agreed that the CC-BY licence shall apply, in which case the Version of Record of an Eligible Article shall be published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0) further details of which are available at or any subsequent versions of that licence as determined by BMJ

Further information here.

Further information