ECS Takes Down the Pay Wall to Free the Science

PENNINGTON, N.J., Oct. 9, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ECS (The Electrochemical Society) is celebrating Open Access Week this year by making all the content—over 120,000 articles—in the ECS Digital Library ( freely accessible from October 19 through 25, 2015.

The ECS Digital Library is home to the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the flagship journal of ECS, published continuously since 1902, and to the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, ECS Electrochemistry Letters, ECS Solid State Letters, Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, ECS Transactions, ECS Meeting Abstracts, and Interface.

"We have been increasing the number of articles we publish as open access at no cost to the author for almost two years now," says Mary Yess, Deputy Executive Director and Publisher of ECS, "but we wanted to take the opportunity of Open Access Week to show the world our vision: all of our content freely available to anyone who wants to read it."

The research in these journals directly addresses the sustainability of our planet. Our scientists are looking to solve some of the most pressing problems the world is facing today:

  • energy storage and conversion, from small-scale to large scale: batteries, fuel cells, biofuels, supercapacitors, grid-scaling;
  • environmental remediation of materials used in research;
  • corrosion of infrastructures;
  • clean water and sanitation;
  • the growth of nanotechnology;
  • processes to develop safer and more effective drugs;
  • improving and developing new medical devices; and
  • sensors for environmental cleanup, emissions monitoring, detection of illegal and dangerous materials, home and workplace safety, and medical diagnosis and care.

ECS believes that open access—especially in electrochemistry and solid state sciences—is an important goal for scientific and technological development and, quite simply, creating a better world.

"Ensuring that everyone working on these issues—wherever they are in the world, and for whomever they work—has access to the latest research is in our best interests as a nonprofit professional society supporting researchers everywhere, and in the best interests of all the sciences," says Yess.

ECS has not yet reached a place where it can sustainably make all of its publications open access, but it is our goal and we want to celebrate our vision of the future during Open Access Week.

About ECS

Leading the world in electrochemistry and solid state science and technology for more than 110 years, ECS (The Electrochemical Society) was founded in 1902 as an international nonprofit, educational organization. ECS now has more than 9,000 individual and institutional members in more than 75 countries. Home of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, the oldest peer-reviewed journal in its field, the ECS Digital Library provides searchable online access to the collection of ECS technical journals and other publications.

About Open Access and ECS Publications

ECS publications contain high impact research that becomes more and more relevant every day—one evaluation of ECS technical activities suggests that more than 80% of the published work involves the sustainability of our planet.
The standard cost for a non-open access article is $33.00.

Enabling Open Access to this research is imperative to ECS in its mission to disseminate the best research in our technical fields as widely as possible.

If an author wishes to publish an article as Open Access, the ECS Article Processing Charge is USD $800 per accepted article; or an Article Credit may be used in place of payment.

To find out more about ECS's journals, and to access the content, visit the ECS Digital Library:

CONTACT: The Electrochemical Society Rob Gerth Director of Marketing and Digital Engagement 215-833-0391

Source:The Electrochemical Society