Open access agreement for Ireland

Information for authors

If you’re affiliated with a participating institution, the Ireland Transformative Agreement means you can publish your article open access with the fees covered, in more than 2,000 Springer hybrid journals.

In addition, you can enjoy full access to all Springer subscription journal content. Established by IReL, this agreement will run through 31 December 2024.

Announcement on IReL agreement cut-off for 2022

The open access publication service for the IreL Transformative agreement has reached its maximum article allowance for 2022. This means the agreement is no longer covering OA publishing fees until 2023. Until the end of December 2022, you may publish your articles open access with Springer Open Choice, but the publishing fee will not be covered by the Irish Transformative Agreement. View the list of Open Choice journals, including article processing charges (APCs) by journal here. If you need help finding funding for OA publishing fees, Springer Nature offers a free open access funding support service to help authors discover and apply for OA funding. For more information, please contact: Alternatively, contact the open access team at your institution. 

Learn more about your eligibility

Participating institutions
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Publishing open access in a hybrid journal

Check the list of hybrid journals that are included in the agreement.

Eligible journals
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Download the author guide for publishing in a hybrid journal.

Author guide, Ireland
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Who is considered the corresponding author?

The corresponding author is defined as the person who handles the manuscript and correspondence during the publication process – from manuscript correction and proof reading, to handling the revisions and re-submission of revised manuscripts up to the acceptance of the manuscripts. 

The corresponding author has the authority to act on behalf of all co-authors in all matters pertaining to publication of the manuscript including supplementary material. They are also responsible for obtaining such agreements and for informing the co-authors of the manuscript’s status throughout the submission, review and publication process. 

In addition, the corresponding author acts as the point of contact for any enquiries after the paper is published.

How can I make sure my article is eligible?

When you submit, use at least one of the below methods of recognition.

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Upon acceptance of your article, you'll also be prompted to provide your institutional affiliation.

How do I know if my article has been approved?

The approval manager at your institution will approve your article's eligibility based on your institutional affiliation, article type and journal name.

Once your article is approved by your institution, you will be notified by email and your article will proceed to publication.

Which article types are covered by this agreement?

  • OriginalPaper: Standard article, usually presenting new results; articles published under this article type may also be referred to as Original Research, Original Article, Original Paper or Research Paper.
  • ReviewPaper: Standard article, interpreting previously published results.
  • BriefCommunication: Short article submitted for rapid publication that exhibits the same structure as a standard article.
  • ContinuingEducation: Article forming integral part of further education (usually medical).

What if I'm not covered by the agreement?

There are still plenty of ways to find funding for your article processing charge (APC). Visit our open access funding page to check whether your institution or research funder makes OA funding available.

Who can I contact for more information? 

Please email us at if you need further assistance.