The Electrochemical Society (ECS)
|Agreement labeling||ECS Plus|
|Has the agreement been disclosed and published?||No|
|Agreement period||01/01/2023 – 12/31/2023|
|Consortia / Institution||TIB Consortium|
Approximate range of annual corresponding author publications
|Comments on size/article output||The agreement covers both corresponding and co-authors|
How do the costs of the agreement relate to previous subscription-only agreements with the publisher?
|Comments on cost development||There is a moderate surcharge on the subscription costs for an unlimited number of open access articles|
Transfomative agreements vary by their transformative mechanisms, meaning the way in which financing is shifted from the subscription side to open access publishing. What are the characteristics of this agreement to this regard?
|See comment on cost development|
How do entitlements for open access publishing correlate to the anticipated article output? Which mechanisms for risk sharing have been agreed in cases of exceeding or not reaching the number of OA publishing entitlements?
|There is no fixed number of articles. The flat-rate surcharge covers all articles published by corresponding authors in the license year.|
Are all journals relevant to your affiliated authors (in which you expect them to publish) eligible for OA publishing under the agreement?
|Are fully open access journals covered by the agreement?||No|
|OA LICENSE||CC-BY variations allowed|
||Original research articles
What is the approximate share of access related costs of the overall agreement?
|More than 50%|
|Comments on access costs||See comment on cost development|
Are all read relevant journals covered by the agreement?
|PERPETUAL ACCESS RIGHTS||Yes|
|OVERALL ASSESSMENT AND COMMENTS||It is a very simple and transparent model that allows for unlimited publishing in hybrid ECS journals for corresponding and co-authors. The optional publishing surcharge per year is calculated according to the size of the participating institution (same tiering as for the subscription model) and thus the cost efficiency depends on each institution’s publication output. Including Gold OA journals and increasing the financial shift towards OA publishing are points for future improvement.|
|Request contact to the licensee||contact [at] esac-initiative [dot] org|