A consortium of 19 Irish higher education institutions have agreed a full Open Access trial programme with Elsevier for its research publications.
The three-year agreement will allow Irish researchers from the consortium access to the entire Freedom Collection of 16 million publications from 2,500 journals published by Elsevier and society partners on its peer-reviewed platform ScienceDirect.
It also allows a transition to Open Access and enables researchers to publish more than 70% of their research without having to pay an Article Publishing Charge.
Cathal McCauley, co-chair of the Irish consortium, said: "Our agreement with Elsevier is a significant step towards our ultimate goal of achieving 100% Open Access for Irish research, in the shortest possible time. It will enable the latest research to be available to all, at the point of publication. We look forward to working closely with Elsevier to use the data gathered from this trial, to improve their OA offering in future agreements."
The consortium consists of seven universities, 11 institutes of technology and Technological University Dublin. Members include Trinity College Dublin, the National University of Ireland in Galway and University College Dublin.
Gino Ussi, executive vice-president at Elsevier, said: "We're delighted to have concluded this new national agreement in Ireland and we look forward to continuing to support the Irish research community in advancing its ambitious goals. Elsevier is committed to empowering knowledge and remains one of the fastest growing Open Access publishers in the world, with a 40% increase in articles published in this way in 2019 than the previous year."