Open Access Program

About Author Choice Open Access
Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Article Credits
ECS Plus Subscriber
ECS Members
Institutional Members
Open Access and Copyright
Frequently Asked Questions
Additional Resources

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.

Find out more about our open access initiative and what you can do to help ECS Free the Science.


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.

Download and share the Publish open access with ECS Plus guide.

If your institution would like to learn more about adding ECS Plus to their subscription package, contact

ECS members

As part of ECS’s membership package, members and student members receive a 75 percent discount on ECS’s already low APC.

Institutional members

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.

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).

More information about the licenses can be found on the Creative Commons website. If you need help selecting a license, please email

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
  1. Why would I choose to make my article open access?
    There are several reasons. You may, like us, believe that quality, peer-reviewed scientific research should be freely available to anyone who wishes to read it. Studies across academic disciplines show that open access articles are downloaded more frequently. Organizations funding research are increasingly mandating that any output of that research be made open access upon publication.
  2. Does making my article open access change the peer review or publication process in any way?
    No. ECS maintains the highest standards of peer review, and all processes remain exactly the same whether submitted articles are open access or not.
  3. How and when do I pay?
    At the time of acceptance, if any charges are due, the corresponding author receives an automated email with a link to IOP’s charging system. Clicking this link opens an invoice that can be paid easily through IOP’s web platform.
  4. Does ECS have a green open access policy for its journals?
    Yes, authors may deposit the preprint and/or accepted versions of their articles in their institutional repository, with no embargo, provided that they not deposit the files prepared by and/or formatted by IOP Publishing. Any posting made or updated after the acceptance of the article for publication should include a link to the online abstract in the ECS publication of origin or to the entry page of that publication. If authors choose to make their articles OA through Author Choice Open Access, the Version of Record (VoR) will be freely available in our digital library. Authors may also deposit the published PDFs of these OA articles in their institutional or noncommercial repositories.

Additional resources

About Creative Commons Licenses
Why CC BY?
An Introduction to OA by Peter Suber

If you have any questions, please contact