ECS Celebrates Open Access Week with an Open Library

From: Mary Yess <>
Date: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:40:09 +0000

With apologies for cross-posting.

To promote Open Access Week 2016, from October 24 through October 30,
ECS is taking down the paywall to the ECS Digital Library
( Over 132,000 articles will be freely available to
anyone who wants to read them. ECS is giving the world a preview of
what complete open access will look like when we have completed our
Free the Science (

ECS believes that open access—especially in electrochemistry and solid
state sciences—is an important goal for scientific and technological
development and, quite simply, creating a better world. Ensuring that
everyone working on these issues—wherever they are in the world, and
for whomever they work—has access to the latest research is in our
best interests as a nonprofit professional society supporting
researchers everywhere, and in the best interests of all the sciences.

Just some of the subjects covered by our journals include:

* energy storage and conversion, from small scale to large scale:
batteries, fuel cells, biofuels, supercapacitors, grid-scaling;

* environmental remediation of materials used in research;

* corrosion of infrastructures;

* clean water and sanitation;

* the growth of nanotechnology;

* processes to develop safer and more effective drugs;

* improving and developing new medical devices; and

* sensors for environmental cleanup, emissions monitoring, detection
of illegal and dangerous materials, home and workplace safety, and
medical diagnosis and care.

Free the Science is a business-model changing initiative that will
make our research freely available to all readers, while remaining
free for authors to publish. It is a new publishing standard for ECS,
one of the last independent scientific society publishers. We already
give authors the choice to publish their work as Open Access and we
plan to open access to the entire ECS Digital Library by 2024.

ECS believes that by opening, and democratizing research, we can more
rapidly advance our important sciences and society at large, while
directly fulfilling our mission. The key to scientific advancement has
always been the open exchange of information. Yet even in today’s
digital environment, many scientists around the world struggle to
access quality, reliable research. The bottom line is discoveries need
discoverability and that is only guaranteed through full Open Access.

The ECS Digital Library is home to the Journal of The Electrochemical
Society, the flagship journal of ECS, published continuously since
1902, and to the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology,
ECS Electrochemistry Letters, ECS Solid State Letters, Electrochemical
and Solid-State Letters, ECS Transactions, ECS Meeting Abstracts, and

ECS has not yet reached a place where it can sustainably make all of
our publications open access, but it is our goal and we want to
celebrate our vision of the future during Open Access Week. So, please
spread the word. From October 24 through October 30, anyone will be
able to read any of the content in our Digital Library for free.
Through our Free the Science initiative, we hope to make this the
“norm” in the future.

Mary E. Yess
Deputy Executive Director/Chief Content Officer & Publisher
tel: +1 609 737 1902

Open Access Week
Oct. 24-30
All ECS Digital Library content will be FREE!

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