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The New ECS Digital Library

21 February 2006—ECS is proud to announce the opening of the ECS Digital Library: All ECS content, in one seamless resource, available all the time.

High-quality content—offered in an integrated, easy-to-use way—provides the connectivity so essential in the current scientific community. The ECS Digital Library (ECS DL) opens the doors to this resource, which continues to grow in richness and quantity. Users can search and access the DL content from one starting point, using sophisticated, federated searching tools. The DL offers robust features invaluable to today’s researcher, including “MyArticles” (where readers can collect favorite groups of articles and even manage multiple collections); “MyPublications” (where users can maintain their own list of frequently-accessed journals); and the ability for readers to download citations. As always, access to the search features is free to all users. A key ECS member benefit—access to all full content of the ECS journals—will become even more valuable as more content is added to the collection.

All DL functionality is now available for both ECS journals, Journal of The Electrochemical Society (JES) and the rapid-publication Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters, as well as for Meeting Abstracts. ECS’s peer-reviewed journals are the leaders in the field (according to the ISI Science Citation Index) and the extended meeting abstracts give scientists a first look into the current research. The Society’s newest publication, ECS Transactions (ECST), will be available through the DL at the end of April. Interface magazine is now available through the Library; and later in 2006, users will be able to locate articles in Interface using the powerful DL search. Once the DL is fully operational, the Society’s proceedings volume series (now replaced by ECS Transactions) and older meeting abstracts content will be searchable from the DL as well. ECS has been capturing the legacy content of JES, going back to the first volume from 1902. Content will be added to the archives as it becomes available. In the future, ECS plans to add new features, such as the History and Learning Centers.

The ECS Learning Center—It is important that the current generation of children be introduced to electrochemistry and solid-state science as an important, and fascinating, component of what makes our world go round. ECS publishes the best content in the field and is working on ideas to “translate” it for a K-12 audience. ECS already provides many career services features, such as a job board and discussion forum for the new and established scientist in our fields. The Society is working with other partners to deliver interactive Web-based short courses and other learning tools.

History Center—As a result of the work on our centennial celebration (2002), we now have a rich archive of historical material. In cooperation with ECS, the Chemical Heritage Foundation has prepared five oral histories on leaders in the field, and an educational exhibit on “Chemistry Is Electric.” The ECS DL will include “rooms” for each of our notable founders and leaders, and feature photographs, published work, and other material.

The ECS Digital Library is being built for the Society by the American Institute of Physics (AIP) and will be hosted on AIP’s Scitation platform (scitation.aip.org). Scitation is the online home of more than 100 journals from AIP, ECS, APS, ASCE, ASME, SPIE, and a host of other prestigious science and engineering societies. AIP has been a leader in online publishing, specifically with a view to meeting the mission of not-for-profit scholarly societies such as ECS.

ECS’s tradition of scientific excellence provides a strong foundation, yet enables a progressive atmosphere for the exchange of knowledge and ideas, in both fundamental and applied aspects. With the ECS Digital Library, ECS has added another high-quality resource for the broad scientific and technical community that encompasses electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology.

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The Electrochemical Society (ECS) is an 8,000-member organization of scientists and engineers in over 70 countries worldwide. The Society has a long tradition in advancing the theory and practice of electrochemical and solid state science by dissemination of information through its publications and international meetings. Visit ECS on the Web at www.electrochem.org.

The American Institute of Physics (AIP) is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1931 for the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare. It is the mission of the Institute to serve physics, astronomy, and related fields of science and technology by serving its Member Societies and their associates, individual scientists, educators, R&D leaders, and the general public with programs, services, and publications. Visit AIP on the Web at www.aip.org.

 

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