Royal Society

Note:   IReL is currently negotiating renewal of this agreement from January 2024.  For more information see our update on 2024 TA renewals

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

  1. Access to the contents of Royal Society journals
  2. The ability to make their articles accepted for publication in Royal Society journals, open access without author-facing article processing charges (APCs).

Further details below. 

Agreement period: 1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2023

Royal Society’s Read and Publish agreement aims to provide authors with straightforward and seamless publishing, in addition to providing read access to their journals. 


  • 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 
  • Teagasc

Publisher page:

Royal Society – Transformative Agreement

OA quota per year:

Unlimited Open Access publishing

Journals eligible for OA publishing:

  • Biology Letters
  • Interface Focus
  • Journal of the Royal Society Interface
  • Notes and Records of the Royal Society
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society A
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society B
  • Open Biology
  • Royal Society Open Science
The agreement also provides read access to these titles:
  • Journal of Royal Society Interface
  • Interface Focus
  • Philosophical Transactions A 
  • Proceedings A
  • Philosophical Transactions B
  • Proceedings B
  • Biology Letters
  • Notes and Records

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.

Eligible article types:

All article types are included in this agreement that have been submitted between 01/01/2021 – 31/12/2023, except Letters to the Editor, Corrections, Retractions.

OA publishing license

CC-BY only. 

Further information