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Open Access Publishing Agreements

PLOS (Public Library of Science)

This guide provides details of open access agreements with publishers facilitated by IReL (Irish Research eLibrary) which typically allow corresponding authors from eligible institutions to publish their articles open access immediately on publication.


Agreement period
1 Feb 2022 – 31 Dec 2024 

Agreement details
The open access publishing agreement with PLOS allows current staff and students from Maynooth University make articles accepted for publication in eligible PLOS journals open access, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC). 

Eligible journals:

  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS Computational Biology
  • PLOS Pathogens
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases
  • PLOS Genetics

Excluded journals:

Certain journals are excluded from OA publishing under this agreement: 

  • PLOS Climate,
  • PLOS Global Public Health,
  • PLOS Water, PLOS Biology, 
  • PLOS Medicine,
  • PLOS Sustainability and Transformation. 

Also see the list of eligible journals in all of IReL’s open access agreements:

Eligible authors

  • The corresponding author must be a current staff member or student of Maynooth University 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.