Open Access Program

About Author Choice Open Access
Article Processing Charges (APCs) and Article Credits
ECS Plus Subscriber
ECS Members
Institutional Members
Focus Issue Papers
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 is USD $1,000 per accepted article. Alternatively, an article credit may be used in place of payment.

To help more authors publish their work open access, ECS offers a robust article credit program that provides a wide variety of article credit options.

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% discount off our already low APC (reducing the charge to only $250).

Institutional Members

Authors affiliated with an ECS institutional member organization may receive a limited number of article credits as part of their membership package (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 as part of the Author Choice Open Access program. There will be no article publication charge for any article submitted before the end of 2020 that is accepted for publication in an ECS journal. All articles are published in a standard issue of an ECS journal as they are accepted.

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 will remain with the author(s), and the author will need to select a Creative Commons usage license to attach to the work, which will define how the article may be used by the general public.

ECS offers authors a choice of two Creative Commons licenses, CC BY or CC BY–NC–ND. Some advocates of open access believe that CC BY, as the most liberal of the licenses, is the most appropriate license under which to publish open access content. However, authors may wish to choose the CC BY-NC-ND license instead, 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 more help selecting a license, please get in touch with us at

Once an article is published, the author’s choice of a Creative Commons license will be clearly marked at the abstract level, in the full-text article, and will be 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 infringements.

If the authors choose a CC BY-NC-ND license, ECS’s Open Access Publishing Agreement asks that ECS be granted rights that they have always had in the traditional publishing model: others may not use the work for commercial purposes without getting permission from ECS, but 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. In addition, some studies across academic disciplines show that open access articles are downloaded more frequently. Lastly, bodies that fund research are increasingly mandating that any output of that research be made open access as soon as it is published.
  2. Does making my article open access change the peer review or publication process in any way?
    No, not at all. ECS maintains the highest standards of peer review, and all processes will 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 will receive an automated email with a link to IOP’s charging system. Clicking this link will raise an invoice that can be paid easily via IOP’s web platform.
  4. Does ECS have a Green open access policy for its journals?
    Yes, authors may deposit the preprint and/or published versions of their articles in their institutional repository, with no embargo, provided that they not deposit the files prepared by and/or formatted by ECS (and its vendors). 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 repositories, if they wish to.

Additional Resources

About Creative Commons Licenses
Why CC BY?
ECS Open Access Publishing Agreement (PDF)
An Introduction to OA by Peter Suber

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