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Open Access: a guide for researchers

MU Policy on Open Access to Research (2021) Appendix 2

A guide for Academics interested in Open Access and identifying how to make their research available via Open Access

MU Policy on Open Access to Research (2021) Appendix 2 (related readings)

National principles for open access policy statement (2012) 

“Open Access adds value to research, to the economy and to society. The outputs from publicly-funded research should be publicly available to researchers, but also to potential users in education, business, charitable and public sectors, and to the general public.” 


Check with research funders regarding any licencing requirements. If no licencing requirement is specified, Maynooth University recommends the CC-BY licence. Other Creative Commons licences are also available and details of these can be found at  

Plan S  

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by cOAlition S, an international consortium of research funding and performing organisations. Plan S requires that, from 2021, scientific publications that result from research funded by public grants must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. 

National Framework on the Transition to an Open Research Environment : 

National Open Research Forum Ireland (NORF) 2019 

“All Irish scholarly publications resulting from publicly funded research will be openly available by default from 2020 onwards and will be accessible on an ongoing basis.” 

Research Funders Open Access Mandates 

Many funders now require publications, and in many cases data, arising from research to be made available open access.  Sherpa Juliet   is a searchable database and single focal point of up-to-date information concerning funders' policies and their requirements on open access, publication and data archiving. 

Transformative Agreements 

These are 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.