Free the Science with ECS Plus

Free the Science Week wraps up this coming Sunday, April 7, but Free the Science—as a movement—continues all year round, propelled in large part by the institutions and authors that take advantage of the benefits of ECS Plus.

ECS Plus is the Society’s read-and-publish subscription package. It provides authors affiliated with subscribing institutions two valuable benefits:

  1. Access to all of the content in the ECS Digital Library—currently totaling over 151,000 articles and abstracts.


  1. The ability to publish an unlimited number of open access articles in ECS journals free of charge. (ECS’s standard article processing charge is $1,000.)

The ECS Plus subscription package is designed to incentivize open access publishing on an individual, institutional, and global scale as the Society makes its transition to an open science paradigm through Free the Science.

Does your institution subscribe?

Over 1,000 institutions around the world currently subscribe to ECS Plus. See if your institution subscribes.

All of the authors affiliated with these institutions qualify for free and unlimited open access publishing in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology (in addition to complete access to the ECS Digital Library).

If your institution doesn’t subscribe to ECS Plus, but you believe it should, discuss the benefits of ECS Plus with your institution’s librarians. Direct them to the ECS Library Resource Center for subscription information, rates, and promotional materials.

For assistance purchasing or renewing a subscription, librarians should contact

Publish open access with ECS Plus

If your institution subscribes to ECS Plus, you are entitled to unlimited open access article credits, which may be used in place of payment of article processing charges.

In other words, for as long as your institution remains an ECS Plus subscriber, you are allowed to publish open access in ECS journals for free.

Follow the steps outlined in ECS’s open access workflow to publish open access with ECS Plus. Remember that you will need to apply an ECS Plus article credit.

The Society encourages all authors affiliated with ECS Plus-subscribing institutions to take advantage of this valuable opportunity: Publish open access, broaden the reach of your research, and support ECS in its ongoing mission to Free the Science. 

ECS thanks everyone who participated in Free the Science Week this year. (You still have a couple days to make the most of free downloads!)

Whether you downloaded free research, poked around the digital library, or simply took some time to learn about ECS and its initiative, you contributed to the rallying cry for open science that will continue to guide the Society through the years to come. #FreeTheScience.


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