PLOS and IReL Sign Three Year Open Access Publishing Agreement

PLOS, the non-profit open access publisher, and IReL, the Irish library consortium, today announced a new three year open access agreement, which allows researchers at eight participating institutions to publish open access articles in PLOS journals. 


This agreement is IReL’s twentieth open access agreement and its first with a fully open access publisher. 


The agreement, which runs from 1 February 2022 to 31 December 2024, will be available to eligible Irish authors of articles accepted for publication in the journals: PLOS Digital Health, PLOS ONE, PLOS Computational Biology, PLOS Pathogens, PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and PLOS Genetics. 


“The Irish Library Consortium shares our commitment to building business models that will move researchers and journals toward a more equitable and barrier free form of publishing,” said Sara Rouhi, Director of Strategic Partnerships for PLOS. “We are excited to partner with them and together we hope to bring permanent change to scholarly publishing.”


“It’s very exciting to have signed our first agreement with a fully open access publisher. Researchers in Irish universities have favoured publishing in PLOS journals for many years, so we’re very happy to help them continue this without author-facing charges” said Susan Reilly, IReL Director. 



PLOS is a nonprofit, open access publisher empowering researchers to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. Since our founding in 2001, PLOS journals have helped break boundaries in research communication to provide more opportunities, choice, and context for researchers and readers. For more information, visit



IReL is an e-resource licensing consortium for Irish publicly funded higher education institutions and is managed and governed by Maynooth University. Further information:


Further information on this agreement.