Submission Instructions

Author Instructions

Important Notes:
  • Do not begin a new or revised manuscript submission unless you are prepared to complete the process. Any approvals required prior to submission should be acquired before starting the submission process.
  • There are two submission sites; one for JES and one for JSS. They share a user database so that if you have an account in one you have an account in the other. You can easily toggle back and forth between the two journal sites once logged in.
  • Submissions to both regular and focus issues are made through the same sites. You will be able to specify focus issue submission during the submission process.

Table of Contents

Journal Policies

Information about All ECS Journal Articles

  • All manuscripts submitted are considered for publication with the understanding that they have not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
  • All manuscripts undergo the Society’s rigorous peer-review process.
  • All manuscripts must fall within at least one of the Topical Interest Areas (TIAs) for the Society’s journals.
  • Communication, Perspective, Review, and CRES3T articles will be published within their relevant TIA and be clearly identified as to the article type.
  • Content presented at ECS meetings and manuscripts published in ECS Transactions may be submitted to the journals after suitable modification to meet the requirements of the specific article type and to ensure appropriate quality for archival publication. Although there is no strict deadline for the submission of these papers, six months from the date of the symposium is considered sufficient time to revise a paper to meet the stricter standards of ECS journals.
  • Content submitted to a preprint service — such as ECSarXiv — may be submitted to the ECS journals, provided they have not been published or posted elsewhere, and after suitable modification to meet the requirements of the specific article type and to ensure appropriate quality for archival publication
  • Authors choose whether to publish their articles as open access or not, except if the article is designated Editors’ Choice or if the article is published in a focus issue; these articles are automatically made open access at no cost to the authors.

Paper Preparation

General Text Requirements

  • Improperly formatted manuscript files will be returned to the author for correction before the paper is sent out for review.
  • Do not include your cover letter within your article file. Cover letters can be uploaded as separate documents or entered into the appropriate field during the submission process.
  • All manuscripts must be prepared in Single-column format.
  • DO NOT embed figures or tables within the body of the text. References, tables, figures, and figure captions should be placed after the body of the paper.
  • DO NOT embed figures within LaTex files, as they will often not convert to PDF properly. In addition, please note that the conversion engines currently do not support .sty or .bib files and that Plain Tex and DVI formats are also not supported.
  • Equations must not be entered as image files. Please use a MathType feature, the equations tool, or plain text.
  • The Source File for the Article File MUST be saved in either Word or LaTex/RevTex format.
  • For new manuscript submissions ONLY: You can submit a single PDF file of your manuscript for use during the peer-review process. Source files for the manuscript and any figures will be required prior to formal acceptance for publication.

Figure Requirements
Submission of separate figure files is encouraged but not required. When submitting individual figure files, please be sure to follow these guidelines:

  • Submit one file per COMPLETE figure. A multi-part/composite figure MUST be submitted as a complete/combined single file with each part labeled appropriately. Submission of individual sections of a composite figure is NOT accepted.
  • EPS or TIFF formats preferred.
  • Sized at one-column width (3.25 inches) wherever possible.
  • 300 dpi resolution. (Higher resolution files will not improve figure quality but will take longer to load.)
  • Bode and Nyquist plots of the same data should not be presented as this is a waste of journal space. Pick and use only one format. (For a complete description of the ECS Journals’ Style for EIS Plots, please click HERE.)
  • DO NOT submit Tables as figure files. All Tables must be included in the Article File as text. DO NOT use color within Tables.
  • It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission to reproduce all previously published results/data/figures from the copyright holder. The author(s) should be prepared to show proof of permission upon request. Such permission should be noted in the Figure caption or as a footnote and attested to during the submission process when prompted.
  • Authors may submit ONLY ONE set of figure files. Do not submit multiple versions of a given figure. Any such submissions will be returned to the author for correction prior to peer-review.

Research Articles

A Research article is a primary source; it reports the methods and results of an original study performed by the authors where data have been collected and analyzed by the authors, and conclusions drawn from the results of that analysis. A standard format is used for these articles, in which the author presents the research in an orderly, logical manner.

Download the Word template (.doc) | Download the Word template (.docx)

The ECS journals also welcome the submission of manuscripts prepared in LaTex.


Communication Articles

Communications are brief articles or reports that describe impactful research wherein dissemination prior to a full complete study/paper will substantially benefit the electrochemical or solid state community. The authors should concisely describe the high impact of the research and why early dissemination is desirable for the field when submitting the manuscript. To ensure that your Communication paper can be published upon acceptance, limit the manuscript length to no more than 2500 words (excluding references) and 1-4 single-column-width figure parts. Papers which exceed these limits will be returned to the author for editing prior to the initiation of peer review. Additional formatting and presentation requirements apply.

Download the Communication article template (.doc) | Download the Communication article template (.docx)


Perspective Article Special Instructions

A Perspective article is brief and offers insightful assessment of, and directions for, new, developing, or established fields. A Perspective article should suggest alternative interpretations of results or describe new directions for topical areas of interest to readers of ECS journals. Perspectives are intended to stimulate discussion that will substantially benefit the field. Data may or may not be included, but these articles are not intended to announce new results (such information should be submitted as a Communication article). Rather, they should present thought-provoking perspectives and novel assimilation of scientific information in current or emerging fields that indicate potential trends or innovative applications. 

Download the Perspective article template (.doc) | Download the Perspective article template (.docx)

  • Papers submitted as Perspective articles should be brief (4000 total words or less, excluding a limited list of references).
  • If figures or tables are included, a maximum of three are permitted, and these count for 250 words each. (For example, a Perspective submission with 1 figure and 1 table should not exceed 3500 words, excluding references.)  Papers which exceed these limits will be returned to the author for editing prior to the initiation of peer review. Additional formatting and presentation requirements apply.
  • Authors must use the Perspective article template.
  • Supplemental Material is not accepted for Perspective articles.

Other Article Types

Comments/Replies/Errata

Comments on previously published papers, Replies to such Comments, and all Errata should be submitted to the ECS journal in which the paper being commented upon or corrected was published. Comments, Replies, and Errata are article types which can be selected in the first stage of the submission process.

Review Articles

A Review article sums up the current state of understanding on a particular topic, as opposed to a Research article, which reports on original research. The author(s) should search for everything relevant to the topic and organize the results into a coherent view. The Review article should cover the main researchers in the field, recent advances and discoveries, current debates, significant gaps in the research, and provide an indication of likely future directions for the field.

CRES3T Articles

The CRES3T (Critical Reviews in Electrochemistry and Solid-State Science and Technology) article goes beyond the Review article. The CRES3T article is intended to provide an authoritative status report on areas experiencing rapid development in electrochemistry and solid-state science and technology. The article should give an analysis of opportunities and challenges toward advancing knowledge in the area; and should include a thorough survey of the most relevant literature in the field. The article should provide a clear identification of each of the experimental and theoretical areas regarded as key to the scientific understanding and technological demands in this field. CRES3T articles project future work and approaches that might be needed to resolve conflicts and fill the missing gaps of knowledge. The CRES3T article requires the author to be an expert in the field with broad experience. CRES3T articles are different from all other types in that the names and email addresses of the reviewers may be published, provided the reviewers give consent.

Editors’ Choice

An Editors’ Choice article is a special designation that may be applied by the Journals’ Editorial Board to any article type. Editors’ Choice articles must be transformative in that they must represent a substantial advance or discovery, either experimental or theoretical. The work must show a new direction, a new concept, a new way of doing something, a new interpretation, or a new field, and not merely preliminary data. These articles must display credible research results and yet be transformative within the electrochemical or solid state community. There will be a limited number of Editors’ Choice articles published. Only those with the highest quality, impact, significance, and scientific/technological interest will be selected for the Editors’ Choice designation. All Editors’ Choice articles will be published Open Access.


General Presentation
  • Organization and clarity are essential elements of successful publications. Identify the subject matter in the title with words useful for indexing. State the purpose of the work early in the text. Present the work and the arguments in an order that leads naturally to clearly specified conclusions. Provide enough information for the work to be reproduced and the logic to be understood. Identify and justify any assumptions that are made. Define unusual technical terms and all abbreviations or acronyms at their first use. Once an acronym has been defined, use it in place of the full-length term. Where symbols are used extensively, list them with their definitions at the end of the paper. Edit and proofread the manuscript carefully before submission.
  • All funding sources for research reported are mentioned in the Acknowledgments section at the end of the paper.
  • SI units should be used whenever possible. The ACS Style Guide (2nd edition) can be used as a reference on grammar, units, and formatting.
  • Mathematical equations should be written on a single line, if possible, using parentheses, brackets, negative exponents, and the like.
  • Drawings and graphs will ordinarily be reduced to column width (3 1/4 in. or 8.2 cm) and after such reduction should have lettering, of letter-grade quality, at least 1/16 in. (1.6 mm) high. When several curves are shown, each should be lettered and identified in the caption. When a figure contains a number of parts, for example several micrographs or graphs, use a lowercase letter (“a”, “b”, etc.) in the body of each part, and use the letter in the figure caption to identify each part.

References

References must be listed at the end of the paper in the order they are cited in the text. Use each author’s first and middle initials and last name; do not use et al. in a reference. Cite one text or source per reference number. The titles of referenced journal articles need not be included. CAS abbreviations for journals must be used. Citations of other than the generally available literature should be avoided if possible. Do not format references as hot-links to internet sources. For example:

Journals/Magazines

  1. E. P. Able and A. T. Baker, Electrochem. Solid-State Lett.4, A101 (2001).

Books by the Author(s) Referenced

  1. E. P. Able and A. T. Baker, Diamond Films, p. 37, John Wiley& Sons, New York (1991).

Author(s) Referenced in an Edited Volume

  1. E. P. Able and A. T. Baker, in Electrosynthesis, 2nd ed., J. Carter, Editor, p. 40, Wiley Interscience, New York (1991).

Author(s) Referenced from an ECS Transaction Volume

  1. E. Gaura and R. M. Newman, ECS Trans.4(1), 3 (2006).

Author(s) Referenced from an ECS Proceedings Volume

  1. E. P. Able and A. T. Baker, in Plasma Processing, G.S. Mathad and D.W. Hess, Editors, PV 94-20, p. 123, The Electrochemical Society Proceedings Series, Pennington, NJ (1994).

Author(s) Referenced from an ECSarXiv Publication

  1. W. Hollerman, R. S. Fontenot, P. Darby, N. Pugh, and J. Miller, “Using Exotic Materials Like EuD4TEA and MgD4TEA to Monitor Damage and Radiation Exposure in Extreme Environments,” ECSarXiv (2018), doi:10.1149/osf.io/94ujn

Authors who use the EndNotes software can download a zipped ECS Reference Style by clicking here.

Because the abstract is self-contained, and published as a standalone text, references cannot be cited by number. All references mentioned in the abstract must be cited in line with the text and styled as follows: “…with published data [J. S. Yi and T. V. Nguyen, Electrochem. Solid-State Lett., 146, 38 (1999)], but an error has been detected…”


Entering Author Information

When entering co-author/contributing author information, PLEASE first use the Search feature under “Add Author” to see if your co-authors have existing accounts in the system. If so, use the existing account to avoid difficulties when they attempt to login to access the manuscript record.


ORCID iDs

Corresponding Authors must have an ORCID iD registered to their ScholarOne account. This will be published on all accepted papers and included within the article metadata to improve content discoverability and citation.

To register an ORCID iD to an existing ScholarOne account:

  • Login to ScholarOne, then click on your name at the top of the screen and select “E-mail/Name”.
  • At the top of the page you will be given the option to create a new ORCID iD, or connect an existing ORCID iD.
    • In both cases you will be linked out to the ORCID website, either to login or create an account.
  • After following these steps your ORCID iD will be automatically linked to your ScholarOne account.
  • Please be sure to save the updates to your account after adding an ORCID iD.

You can also register for or link an existing ORCID iD to a ScholarOne account during the account creation process.

Contributing Authors are also encouraged to register for ORCID iDs for publication on accepted papers.

Contributing Author IDs must be present in their ScholarOne profile prior to acceptance to be included in the published paper.

Submitting authors who are not the designated Corresponding Author for the peer-review process should ensure those authors have an ORCID iD registered to their ScholarOne account PRIOR to beginning a manuscript submission.

For information about ORCID iDs and how they will help in making your research discoverable across multiple search engines, please click HERE. Information is available in multiple languages using the drop-down menu in the upper right corner. Click HERE to watch a video about the benefits of having your own ORCID iD.


Supplementary Material

ECS will host Supplementary Material provided the material is pertinent to and supports the work to which it relates, but is not essential for comprehension of the main body of the work.

ECS permits two types of supplemental material to be submitted:

Supplementary material intended ONLY to aid reviewers in evaluation of the manuscript. These files are not meant to undergo peer review and will not be published. Supplementary material to aid the reviewers should not be referenced in your manuscript.

Supplementary material intended for publication in the online editions. These files must be clearly labeled with a descriptive caption for each file. The supplementary material must be cited within the text of the manuscript (for example, see Fig. S2 or see supplementary material). All Supplemental material must be submitted as separate files, not as text included in the article file. This includes descriptive paragraphs and figure/table/scheme captions.

Supplementary material is published online exactly as it is submitted. There are no page proofs that will be sent for review. Any changes to supplementary material must be done at the revision stage of the manuscript submission process. Revisions should not include highlighting or make use of the Track Changes option in MS Word.

In submitting Supplementary Material considered relevant to the Work, the Author(s) agree to the following:

  • 1. License to Publish. The Author(s) give ECS a nonexclusive license to publish the Supplementary Material by hosting it online in the ECS Digital Library.
  • 2. Rights of ECS. ECS reserves the right to take down the Supplementary Material at any time if in its sole judgment it believes that the Supplementary Material is not suitable.
  • 3. Warranties. The Author(s) warrant sole authorship of the Supplementary Material, or if not, the Author(s) warrant the complete and unencumbered right to grant ECS the license stated above. The Author(s) warrant that the Supplementary Material does not libel anyone, invade anyone’s copyright or otherwise violate any statutory or common law right of anyone.
  • 4. Indemnification. The Author(s) agree to indemnify ECS against any claim or action alleging facts which, if true, constitute of breach of any of the foregoing warranties.

Open Access Publication

ECS now offers Author Choice Open Access publication of all papers published in our journals. For more information on this option, please click here.


Color Figures

There is NO CHARGE for color figures in the ECS journals. All figures submitted in color will be color in BOTH the online article and in the print-on-demand issue at NO COST to the author.

Do NOT use color shading or text within Tables, as these are typeset, not used as images, and color cannot be reproduced.


Language and Writing/Editing Services

The Electrochemical Society offers English editing services in partnership with Enago, one of the world’s leading academic editing service providers with editing expertise in the fields of science and technology. Enago editors are all native English speakers and have an average experience of 19.4 years. ECS members submitting their manuscripts now have the option to polish their research papers using Enago’s efficient and high-quality English editing services at 15% discounted rates. Not a member? Join online to use this benefit. To send your manuscripts for editing, please visit http://enago.electrochem.org/

Authors are also free to choose other editing service providers. ECS has compiled the following list of English Language Editing Services:: Bioscience Editing SolutionsEdanz EditingEditageJournal PrepOnline EnglishProWriting AidProof-Reading-Service.comSciTech EditSibia Proofreading

ECS is not affiliated with any of these services, and their use has no impact on the final decision regarding publication for a given manuscript.


Topical Interests Areas (TIAs)

The full listing of topical interest areas covered by ECS journals can be found here.