|About Author Choice Open Access
Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Article Credits
ECS Plus Subscriber
Focus Issue Papers
Open Access and Copyright
Frequently Asked Questions
About Author Choice Open Access
The research published in ECS journals is of huge importance to the future of our planet: developments in sustainable clean energy, clean water, food safety, and medical care are just a few of the areas where research published in our journals is helping to accelerate development.
We believe that if this research were openly available to anyone who wished to read it, anywhere in the world, it would contribute to faster problem-solving and technology development, accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encourage innovation, enrich education, and even stimulate the economy.
This is where ECS Author Choice Open Access comes in. Open access means that an article is freely available online to anyone who wishes to see it, so the reader neither has to pay for it directly, nor belong to an institution that subscribes to the journal in which it appears.
Authors who wish to make their published article open access will need to either pay an article processing charge or use an article credit in place of payment. Both of our peer-reviewed journals (the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology) offer Author Choice Open Access.
Enabling open access to scientific research is imperative to ECS in our mission to disseminate the best research in our technical fields as widely as possible. Help further our mission by publishing your next ECS article as Author Choice Open Access.
Article processing charges (APCs) and article credits
ECS’s standard open access article processing charge for 2021 is US $1,025 per accepted article. Alternately, an article credit through the ECS Plus program may be used for payment.
ECS Plus Subscribers
ECS Plus is a subscription to the entire ECS Digital Library, PLUS unlimited article credits for affiliated authors. Authors from ECS Plus affiliated institutions must select ECS Plus under Step 6 – Open Access Waivers, Charges and Credits at the time of manuscript submission to take advantage of an article credit. Researchers from over 1,000 institutions qualify! Check if your institution subscribes.
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If your institution would like to learn more about adding ECS Plus to their subscription package, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of ECS’s membership package, members and student members receive a 75 percent discount on ECS’s already low APC.
Authors affiliated with an ECS institutional member organization may receive a limited number of article credits as part of their membership package. (These were sent as coupon codes to that institution’s lead member representative). To determine if your institution participates, please contact Anna Olsen.
Focus Issue papers
Focus Issues have proven to contain some of the most read and highly cited ECS content. Authors can select to have their papers published as open access. Authors who select to publish open access at the time of submission agree to pay an article processing charge (APC) if the paper is accepted. Articles are published in a standard issue of the journal as they are accepted. The focus issue is curated online.
A full list of focus issues now accepting submissions can be found here.
Open access and copyright
In place of a copyright transfer, authors who wish to make their articles open access are asked to sign an exclusive Open Access Publishing Agreement with ECS. Copyright remains with the author(s). Authors must select a Creative Commons usage license to attach to the work. This defines how the general public may use the article.
ECS offers authors a choice of two Creative Commons licenses, CC BY or CC BY–NC–ND. Some open access advocates believe that, as the most liberal license, CC BY is the most appropriate under which to publish open access content. However, authors may choose the CC BY-NC-ND license which is similar to a traditional copyright arrangement. This license limits use to noncommercial purposes (—NC), and restricts others from creating derivative works (–ND).
Once an article is published, the author’s choice of a Creative Commons license is clearly marked at the abstract level, in the full-text article, and embedded in the metadata. Copyright law does still apply to protect the work. Any breaches of a CC license would normally be seen as copyright infringement.
If authors choose the CC BY-NC-ND license, ECS’s Open Access Publishing Agreement requests that ECS be granted rights always held in the traditional publishing model: others may not use the work for commercial purposes without getting permission from ECS; the author grants ECS the exclusive right to use the work for commercial purposes and to sublicense it to others.
Frequently asked questions
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