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Open Access Publishing Agreements

British Medical Journal

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.

BMJ OA Agreement

BMJ OA Agreement

Agreement period 

1 Jan 2021 – 31 Dec 2023 

Agreement details 

This agreement allows current staff and students from Maynooth University the ability to make their articles accepted for publication in BMJ’s Standard Collection journals, without the author paying an article processing charge (APC).

Access to the complete contents of the BMJ’s Standard Collection journals

Eligible journals 

Corresponding authors can make their articles acceptable for publication in 28 journals in the BMJ’s Standard Collection journals. 11 journals must use the CC-BY-NC licence for OA publication unless CC-BY is specifically mandated by funders. 

See list of all the eligible journals in all IReL TAs:

 OA quota per year

  • 2021   –   24 articles
  • 2022   –   24 articles
  • 2023   –   25 articles

Eligible authors 

Corresponding authors must be a current staff member or student of Maynooth University at the time an article is accepted for publication. The corresponding author must ensure their correct affiliation details are known to the publisher at this time. 

OA publishing license:

Eligible articles will be published under a CC BY 4.0 or CC BY-NC 4.0. Some journals require a CC-BY-NC license (unless a CC-BY license is mandated by funders). Journals requiring a CC-BY-BY license can be found here.

Where research on which an Open Access Article is based is funded by a funder that mandates the use of CC-BY licence, or BMJ has expressly agreed that the CC-BY licence shall apply, the that Eligible Author’s published manuscript may be re-used under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0) or any subsequent versions of this licence as determined by BMJ.

Further information here.

Further information