eCM (Eur Cell Mater / e Cells & Materials) Not-for-profit Open Access
Created by Scientists, for Scientists
 ISSN:1473-2262         NLM:100973416 (link)         DOI:10.22203/eCM

Ten good reasons for publishing a paper in eCM

1. World-wide open access from a Not-for-profit Publisher.
2. Authors retain copyright to their articles (must allow electronic copies to be stored in digital repositories).
3. Rigorous open peer reviewing (reviewers have to request their name to be withheld).
4. Discussion with reviewers feature, as an integral section of the paper allows sensible arguments to be included.

5. Five-year Impact Factor* 2015 -5.680, Impact Factor 2015 4.560 (quartile 1 in indexed categories). Past yearly Impact Factors: 2014- 4.486; 2013 4.887; 2012 4.558; 2011 3.028; 2010 9.65; 2009 5.378; 2008 4.289.
6. Indexed by ISI within: Science Citation Index Expanded, "Materials Science", "Engineering Biomedical" and "Cell & Tissue Engineering" Citation Index categories. Journal Citation Reports /Science Edition, Biosis Previews, AJC, CAS, Google Scholar, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI databases) NLM catalog (U.S. National Library of Medicine) databases. eCM articles can be searched directly from Pubmed, Biomedsearch and DOAJ.
7. Digital archive of manuscripts through CLOCKSS to ensure survival of eCM publications for future generations. eCM is a member of CROSSREF (Crossref Digital Object Identifiers (DOI:10.22203/eCM), tagged to article metadata).
8. Speed of publication, ~3 weeks after acceptance, paper is online.
9. Transparent route to becoming a member of the International Review Panel.
10. Created (and run) by scientists for the benefit of Science rather than profit.

eCM on Linkedin
eCM has a group page "eCM Journal and Conferences" on LinkedIn, just click on the button and sign in to get to the group.

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eCM Information
eCM was one of the first open access scientific journals. eCM is a Not-for-profit Publisher. eCM initiated the transparent review process (now known as open peer review) including a transparent route to becoming a member of the eCM International Review Panel. eCM publishes preclinical research in the musculoskeletal field (Trauma, Maxillofacial (including dental), Spine and Orthopaedics).eCM Journal is published by AO Research Institute Davos, a Not-for-Profit foundation in Switzerland.

Open Access Compliant
All publications in eCM have been immediately freely available upon publication since eCM was conceived in 1999, articles are freely accessible to the public without any embargo period, irrespective of who funded the research. This is equivalent to the new term "Gold Open Access" where articles are immediately available for others to read, download and share (e.g. can be uploaded on ResearchGate).
Open Access

Digital Repositories & Digital Object Identifiers


Since 2016, all of the eCM articles are also held within the CLOCKSS digital archive to ensure they remain available forever. (CLOCKSS (Controlled LOCKSS) is a not-for-profit joint venture between the world’s leading academic publishers and research libraries whose mission is to build a sustainable, geographically distributed dark archive with which to ensure the long-term survival of Web-based scholarly publications for the benefit of the greater global research community).

Universities and Research Institutes are allowed to keep electronic PDF copies of eCM final published articles, on condition of the following:
1) A note is written with kind permission of full reproduction from eCM journal (
2) A URL link to the original article web page (not direct to the PDF) is also included on the page.
3) The eCM logo Free Full Text is also included. (download here 1KB) lining to
4) The electronic PDF copies of eCM final published articles are not allowed to be used for commercial purposes without specific approval from the authors and full acknowledgement (as points 1-3 above) to eCM.

In 2016 eCM became a member of CROSSREF. Crossref's general purpose is to promote the development and cooperative use of new and innovative technologies to speed and facilitate scholarly research. Crossref's specific mandate is to be the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form. Crossref is a collaborative reference linking service that functions as a sort of digital switchboard. It holds no full text content, but rather effects linkages through Crossref Digital Object Identifiers (Crossref DOI), which are tagged to article metadata supplied by the participating publishers. The end result is an efficient, scalable linking system through which a researcher can click on a reference citation in a journal and access the cited article. The eCM Digital Object Identifier is DOI:10.22203/eCM

2015: 15 years of eCM.
eCM started as a concept in 1999 of free science publication. eCM was one of the first open access scientific journals in the world and initiated the transparent review process (now known as open peer review) including a transparent route to becoming a member of the International Review Panel. eCM always has had rigorous peer revieing and the novel discussion with named reviewers (as would happen in a conference) included as an integral part of accepted publications. eCM was set up and remains as a not-for-profit journal.

The first ten years of eCM
The first 10 year history of eCM (2000-2010) a short write up of how true open access started and why it is so important to science world-wide.

Impact Factor

* Five year Impact Factors are based on cites to articles published in the previous five years. This gives a better indication of longevity of the article than the standard impact factor.

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