IReL journal backfile purchases

Posted in Research on September 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“IReL has purchased journal backfile collections from Sage, American Medical Association and Wiley. Typically, our publisher subscription agreements do not give us access to all issues of a journal: our so-called frontfile entitlements give us access to issues published from the late 1990s (when journals first became available online) to present. The backfiles, issues published in print format before this date, were digitised and licensed separately …” (more)

[IReL, 16 September]

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First open access science programme signed with Elsevier

Posted in Research on February 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A consortium of publicly funded Irish higher education institutions and Elsevier, the 140-year-old publisher and ‘global leader in information analytics’ specialising in science and health, have agreed to the country’s first open access programme with a major scientific publisher, an important step towards the goal of securing full open access to Irish research publications …” (more)

[University World News, 20 February]

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Third Level Expenditure – Electronic Serial Subscriptions

Posted in Research on November 4th, 2016 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide estimates for the amount academic libraries in third level institutions spend each year on accessing electronic serial subscriptions such as academic or paid subscription journals …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 2 November]

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Irish Libraries and the Crisis in Scholarly Publishing: What’s the Big Deal?

Posted in Research on April 3rd, 2013 by steve

“It’s a rare thing indeed that a parliamentary question gets asked about academic library subscriptions but that’s exactly what happened in Dáil Éireann on 3rd March 2013 …” (more)

[DarkRepository, 30 March]

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STEM and HSS journal cuts in Irish University Libraries

Posted in Research on March 7th, 2013 by steve

“Universities are research and teaching institutions, and at the core of research lies the ability of the researcher to discover what is and what is not known about an area. This in effect involves as comprehensive review of the literature as possible …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 7 March]

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Third Level Facilities – Electronic Subscriptions for Academic Journals

Posted in Research on March 6th, 2013 by steve

Deputy Peter Mathews asked the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide in tabular form information regarding (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil Éireann Written Answers, 5 March]

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Taylor & Francis Science & Technology Collection

Posted in Research on December 19th, 2012 by steve

“Due to budget constraints and unsustainable price increases by the publisher, it is with regret that IReL will be unable to renew its subscription to Taylor and Francis Science and Technology Collection for 2013 …” (more)

[IReL News, 19 December]

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IReL Resources 2010 – Update

Posted in Research on May 4th, 2010 by steve

“In early 2010 it emerged that the budget available for the IReL initiative in 2010 and 2011 would suffer significant cuts and a number of resources were cancelled in late January 2010. In the interim and due to the collective efforts of the IUALG, IRIS office and IReL steering group, with vital support from the HEA and IUA Council , it has been possible to arrive at a solution which maximises resources available under IReL for the next two years …” (more)

[IReL, 4 May]


Maths journals

Posted in Research on February 25th, 2010 by steve

“Abrupt cancellation of on-line journal subscriptions …” (tweet, excel spread sheet)

[John Murray, Twitter, 24 February]

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Notice to all IReL users – cancellations

Posted in Research on January 29th, 2010 by steve

“… Due to increasing publisher costs and other factors it is necessary for some IReL resources to be cancelled even if IReL funding were to be maintained at pre-2010 levels. Arising from this, and in the first of what will probably be a number of cancellation processes, the resources listed below will shortly become unavailable through IReL …” (more)

[IReL, 29 January]

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Update on funding for the Irish Research eLibrary

Posted in Research on January 14th, 2010 by steve

“IReL currently operates on a budget of €9M, with approximately €5M coming from Science Foundation Ireland and the remainder from Higher Education Authority. In light of SFI’s decision to cease its funding, the HEA has indicated orally that it will provide €6M funding for IReL in 2010 and the same for 2011. The HEA is expected to confirm this offer formally very soon …” (more)

[Ian Power, UCC Students’ Union Blog, 14 January]

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IReL Electronic Journals Provision in 2010

Posted in Research on January 4th, 2010 by steve

“You will be aware that the IReL initiative has provided access to over 24,000 electronic journals over the past number of years. IReL has been a most significant facilitator for research across all academic disciplines and is widely appreciated among the research community. The Library, through the IUA Librarians Group, is working with senior University officers and the HEA to explore funding options to ensure continuity of access to IReL resources from January 2010 …” (more)

[Trinity College Library Dublin, 4 January]

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Posted in Research on December 4th, 2009 by steve

“Very bad news. Looks like the IReL consortia is finished. Proposed budget reduction of 75%. More later …” (tweet)

[Garret McMahon, Twitter, 3 December]