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Minister Harris congratulates Irish libraries in driving open access to Irish research

Author: Ashling Hayes
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2022 - 08:45

As part of International Open Access Week, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science announced that transformative agreements between Irish libraries and major publishers, supported by IReL, have resulted in 2,813 journal articles being published open access in 2021, which accounts for 42% of the articles published annually by corresponding authors from IReL’s members.

In 2021, with the help of the Glucksman Library, 237 articles published by UL researchers were made Open Access using these agreements. This accounts for 39% of all articles published by UL corresponding Authors.  These agreements allow publications from participating Irish higher education institutions be freely available to any citizen, student or researcher in any country.

"Open Access benefits everyone and is particularly important in helping us meet our ambition on climate change, sustainability and disease control”, Minister Simon Harris. 

The full text of the statement can be found here.  Email the Library at or contact Ashling Hayes, Head of Research Services to find out more about publishing your research in an open way.