The Electrochemical Society
The Electrochemical Society

taking down the walls

Scientific publishing is a multi-billion dollar industry. Little of that money is reinvested in the scientists actually conducting the research.

Generally, scientists (or their institutions) have to pay to have their research papers published open access in a journal. Then readers are charged to access those papers.

These fees are creating barriers that inhibit researchers from low-resource institutions or start-up ventures from accessing or publishing research critical to their fields.

Right now, scientists around the world are making discoveries imperative to the future of our planet. Electrochemists and solid state scientists, in particular, hold the keys to innovation in renewable energy, biomedical, water, sanitation, communications, transportation, and infrastructure sectors.

The problem is their innovations aren’t making the impact they should.

Free the Science seeks to remove these fees, so scientists can share their research with readers around the world, allowing more minds to think about and solve problems.

Free the Science is an effort to keep more money in research rather than in the publishing industry.

Free the Science is an initiative of The Electrochemical Society. Founded in 1902, ECS is led by scientists, for scientists. As a nonprofit member-based society, ECS is accountable to the scientists, researchers, and engineers who comprise our membership and serve on our boards and committees.

ECS advances electrochemistry and solid state science by publishing peer-reviewed scholarly journals, convening scientific meetings, and supporting emerging scientists in our fields. With Free the Science, ECS envisions a new publishing model without costs to authors and readers so that collectively we can achieve a cleaner, safer, healthier, and greener world for us all. Learn more.

Free the Science Advisory Board

Tetsuya Osaka
Waseda University

EJ Taylor
Faraday Technologies
Craig Arnold
Princeton University

Cor Claeys

Scott Calabrese-Barton
Michigan State University

Lili Deligianni

Gerald Frankel
The Ohio State University

Fernando Garzon
Los Alamos National Lab & University of New Mexico

Robert Kostecki
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

Patrick Moran
U.S. Naval Academy

Louise Page

Matt Spitzer
Center for Open Science

Brian Stoner
Research Triangle Initiative

Stuart Swirson
American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Esther Takeuchi
Stony Brook University

Greg Tanenbaum

Martin Winter
Munster University

Ex Officio Members
Christina Bock
National Research Council of Canada

Roque Calvo
Executive Director and CEO
The Electrochemical Society

Karla Cosgriff
Director of Development
The Electrochemical Society
James Fenton
University of Central Florida

Jeffrey Fergus
Auburn University

Tim Gamberzky
Chief Operating Officer
The Electrochemical Society

Dennis Hess
Georgia Tech University

Yue Kuo
Texas A&M University

Johna Leddy
University of Iowa

Krishnan Rajeshwar
University of Texas - Arlington

Robert Savinell
Case Western University

Dan Scherson
Yeager Center for Electrochemical Sciences

Mary Yess
Chief Content Officer & Publisher
The Electrochemical Society