2017 Young Author Award Winners

Raymond Smith (left) and Shihyun Ahn (right), winners of the 2017 ECS young author awards.

ECS is pleased to announce the winners of the Society’s 2017 young author awards: Raymond Smith and Shihyun Ahn.

ECS presents two young author awards each year to recognize the best papers published by young authors in the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology during the volume year preceding the award.

The 2017 young author awards will be presented at AiMES 2018 in Cancun, Mexico, September 30-October 4, 2018.

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ECS has integrated a new feature into the ECS Digital Library to facilitate the discovery of scholarly content—both within the scope of the Society’s publications and beyond it.

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The Electrochemical Society has appointed Robert G. Kelly of the University of Virginia School of Engineering & Applied Science as the new editor of Interface, the Society’s quarterly magazine, for a four-year term.

In publication since 1992, Interface serves as an authoritative yet accessible forum for the exchange of information relevant to the fields of electrochemical and solid state science and technology. The four-color magazine publishes technical articles, special features, and news for and about ECS members. The publication is currently in its 27th volume year.

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Attending the 233rd ECS Meeting in Seattle, WA? ECS will have a number of high-value publications available for purchase at the registration desk during the meeting, including a special ECS proceedings volume that you could get signed by ECS President Johna Leddy!

Registration will be located in the sixth floor lobby of the Washington State Convention Center and will be open during the following hours:

Sunday | 0700-1900h
Monday | 0700-1900h
Tuesday | 0700-1730h
Wednesday | 0700-1600h
Thursday | 0700-1200h

Visit the customer service counters at registration to make a purchase.

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In an effort to better recognize the innovative research gaining traction across the diverse span of ECS’s topical interest areas, the Society has instituted a new blog series, which will highlight the top five most-downloaded journal articles in each TIA during each quarter of the year.

The most-downloaded ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology articles by TIA during the first quarter of 2018 (January through March) are listed below.

Highlights are based on articles published since January 1, 2016.

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In an effort to better recognize the innovative research gaining traction across the diverse span of ECS’s topical interest areas, the Society has instituted a new blog series, which will highlight the top five most-downloaded journal articles in each TIA during each quarter of the year.

The most-downloaded Journal of The Electrochemical Society articles by TIA during the first quarter of 2018 (January through March) are listed below.

Highlights are based on articles published since January 1, 2016.

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The deadline for submission to the Journal of The Electrochemical Society Focus Issue on The Brain and Electrochemistry has been extended to April 30, 2018.

The focus issue will provide a forum for the discussion of research and developments on how the central and peripheral nervous systems can be viewed and studied in terms of electrical circuits and electrochemical sensors, reactions, and methods.

The issue is dedicated to R. Mark Wightman (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) and Christian Amatore (Ecole Normale Supérieure), two individuals who devoted their careers to study of these topics, training and influencing countless researchers over the years.

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ECS would like to thank all of the individuals who served as 2017 reviewers of the Society’s journals.

Peer review is an essential element to disseminating trusted research results, and validating the science underpinning potential technical breakthroughs to advance society.

The success of ECS journals is dependent upon the expertise, judgment, and commitment of the Society’s reviewers. Their assistance has contributed greatly to the high quality that continues to be characteristic of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society and the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology.

Thanks to their efforts, the 2017 volume year proved exceptional for ECS journals. Highlights include:

  • ECS published 289 (16.7%) more articles than it did in the 2016 volume year.
  • Over 35% of the journal content published in the ECS Digital Library since 2014 is now open access.
  • The ECS Digital Library received a record-breaking 3.5 M full-text downloads, up from 3.2 M in 2016.
  • ECS celebrated its first Free the Science Week (April 3-9, 2017) by taking down the paywall. During the month of April, ECS’s active publications (JES, JSS, and ECST) saw a 70% increase in usage over April 2016. (Remember to visit the ECS Digital Library during Free the Science Week 2018, April 2-8, to download ECS content for free!)
  • For Open Access Week (October 23-29, 2017), ECS again took down the paywall. During the month of October, the ECS Digital Library saw 72,705 more downloads than the 2017 monthly average of 230,765.

Last year’s journal publication statistics are extremely encouraging. More journal articles are being published, more authors are publishing open access, and more content is being downloaded. In part, these achievements are due to the extraordinary work of the Society’s reviewers, who work tirelessly to sustain the quality of ECS journals day in and day out.

ECS thanks its reviewers for their commitment to the Society, its researchers, and scientific integrity. Their service in support of ECS’s efforts to advance open science and achieve a sustainable future is sincerely appreciated.

ECS is pleased to announce that, thanks to a $20,000 donation, the 2018 volume of the Journal of The Electrochemical Society has been named in honor of ECS fellow Chung Chiun Liu.

The Chung Chiun Liu Leadership Collection will contain all of the content published in JES volume 165.

Liu is the Wallace R. Persons Professor of Sensor Technology & Control at Case Western Reserve University. He has been an ECS member for over 50 years. During this time, he has given many oral presentations and organized several symposia for Society meetings. He has also received the 2008 ECS Sensor Division Outstanding Achievement Award and many other accolades.

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ECS publicationsIn a recent survey of over 100 corresponding authors who published in ECS journals, over 55% of respondents said the speed from initial manuscript submission to publication was faster than expected, and nearly 25% said it was very fast.

The survey also asked the authors to rate ECS’s turnaround speed during specific periods of the publication process: (1) from initial submission to first decision, (2) from manuscript acceptance to receipt of page proofs, and (3) from manuscript acceptance to publication.

Here are the key takeaways:

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