Open Access Policy

IRLS Open Access Information and Policy

All articles published by IRLS are made immediately available worldwide under an open access license. This means:

  • everyone has free and unlimited access to the full-text of all articles published in International Review of Literary Studies-IRLS;
  • everyone is free to re-use the published material if proper accreditation/citation of the original publication is given;
  • The open-access publication is supported by the authors' institutes or research funding agencies by payment of comparatively low Article Processing Charges (APC) for accepted articles.


No special permission is required to reuse all or part of article published by IRLS, including figures and tables. For articles published under an open access Creative Common CC BY license, any part of the article may be reused without permission provided that the original article is clearly cited. Reuse of an article does not imply endorsement by the authors or IRLS.

Meaning of Open Access

In accordance with major definitions of open access in scientific literature (namely the Budapest, Berlin, and Bethesda declarations), IRLS also defines open access by the following conditions:

  • peer-reviewed literature is freely available without subscription or price barriers,
  • literature is immediately released in open access format (no embargo period), and
  • published material can be re-used without obtaining permission as long as a correct citation to the original publication is given.

Advantages of Open Access for Authors

The high availability and visibility of our open access articles is guaranteed through the free and unlimited accessibility of the publication over the Internet. Everyone can freely access and download the full text of all articles published with IRLS: readers of open access journals, i.e., mostly other researchers, do not need to pay any subscription or pay-per-view charges to read articles published by IRLS. Open access publications are also more likely to be included in search engines and indexing databases.

The higher citation impact of open access articles results from their high publicity and availability. Open access publications are demonstrably more frequently cited.

Lower publishing costs: Open access publishers cover their costs for editorial handling and editing of a paper by charging authors' institutes or research funding agencies. The cost of handling and producing an article is covered through the one-time payment of Article Processing Charges (APC)  for each accepted article. The APCs of open access publishers are only a fraction of the average income per paper earned by traditional, subscription-based publishers. IRLS's Article Processing Charges (APC) is the same, irrespective of article length because we wish to encourage the publication of long papers with complete results and full experimental or computational details.

Faster publication in IRLS's open access journals is achieved by online-only availability. Accepted articles are typically published online more rapidly in IRLS journal than those of traditional, subscription-based and printed journals are.