Monday, April 5 – Sunday, April 11
When the ECS Digital Library on IOPscience paywall comes down on April 5, it’s your opportunity to access over 160,000 scientific journal and magazine articles and meeting abstracts at no cost. Free the Science Week 2021 is the fifth year that the Society puts into action its long-term vision of providing access to all in order to accelerate the advancement of scientific research.
Removing restrictions to research
Free the Science moves beyond the old restrictive publishing paradigm of pay to publish, pay to read. Today, ECS authors can choose to publish their work as open access at no cost through programs including ECS institutional membership benefits, and affiliation with an ECS Plus member institution. Since the Society began offering open access as a publishing option in 2014, over 35 percent of all ECS journal content has been published as open access—and 47 percent of articles published in 2020 were open access.
With open access, scientific research is disseminated more rapidly and widely. This leads to more citations so new research has a bigger, faster impact, resulting in more new ideas. Industry around the world accesses more research and economies benefits. In the fields of electrochemistry and solid state science and related technologies, this translates into positive global advances in renewable energy, clean water, food safety, medical care, and more.
Ready, set, download
With so many labs closed, or access severely limited, many researchers have focused on data and publishing. Feed your creative mind when the ECS paywall comes down. Tag or bookmark articles of interest now to access them quickly when the door opens.
The ECS Digital Library on IOPscience houses a staggering wealth of renowned peer-reviewed research, including ECS’s flagship publication, the Journal of The Electrochemical Society, published continuously since 1902, and 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, ECS Proceedings Volumes, and Interface.
Not sure where to start? Check the list of the most-read ECS articles of 2020.
Share the wealth (of research)
Spread the word and tell your community about Free the Science Week. Celebrate open science by helping your peers discover and access valuable research. Show your support for ECS’s initiative to make research free for everyone to access, every week of the year, by sharing your Free the Science Week experiences on social media. Use #FreeTheScience!