Forthcoming Changes to ECS’s Article Submission Process

ccc-transparentAs part of our continued commitment to Open Access publishing, ECS is in the process of ensuring an increasingly robust management of article credits, APCs, and APC discounts. ECS is pleased to announce we are partnering with CCC RightsLink, which is a sophisticated self-service system that allows authors to pay the appropriate fee or select the article credit for their articles. CCC RightsLink will help ECS to future-proof its Open Access activities in a sustainable way.

As of May 12, 2016 CCC RightsLink will be fully integrated with our article submission process. Authors will be able to pay color charges, supplemental material fees, and claim Open Access article credits through RightsLink’s self-service portal.

How will it work?

The CCC RightsLink portal will only be seen by authors who are submitting Open Access papers, papers with color charges, or papers with supplemental material. Once the accepted manuscript is scheduled for publication the corresponding author will receive an email from CCC’s RightsLink asking them to pay a publication fee, or to claim an article credit.

If the corresponding author is the same person who will be handling payment or who has an article credit (either through ECS membership, or affiliation with an ECS Plus subscribing institution), they just need to click the link within the email. If the corresponding author is not the person handling the charges, they simply need to forward the e-mail to the correct co-author.

Once in the RightsLink system it is easy to apply article credits and discounts by clicking the “Apply Discount” button at the bottom of the screen. Authors will be able to enter their ECS IDs to apply a member credit or discount. Authors will also be able to search for their institutions in order to use ECS Plus subscriber credits. Then they can review the charges (if any) and complete the transaction — a summary of the transaction will be emailed as a receipt.

For more information, check out our new Open Access workflow here.

Note: even when publishing OA for free (using article credits), the new system requires authors to use RightsLink to claim their credit. CCC RightsLink allows ECS to provide subscribing institutions with better reporting on who is using article credits, and allows ECS to manage member credits and discounts in a more robust and accurate way.

If you have any questions or comments about these changes, we would love to hear from you! Please feel free to contact us about RightsLink, OA, or article credits at

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