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 2016: 5.182, Impact Factor 2016: 4.000 (quartile 1 in indexed categories). Past yearly Impact Factors: 2015 4.560; 2014 4.486; 2013 4.887; 2012 4.558; 2011 3.028; 2010 9.65; 2009 5.378; 2008 4.289.
6. Indexed in the Science Citation Index Expanded (under the "Materials Science", "Engineering Biomedical" and "Cell and Tissue Engineering" citation index categories), DOAJ, Scopus, SJR, Journal Citation Reports/Science Edition, Google Scholar, National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI databases) NLM catalog (U.S. National Library of Medicine), PubsHub and SHERPA/RoMEO databases. eCM articles can be searched directly from PubMed and Biomedsearch.
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 Social Media
eCM has a group page "eCM Journal and Conferences" on LinkedIn and Facebook and is also active on Twitter, just click on the relevant button.

eCM Information

In 1999, eCM started the concept 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 eCM International Review Panel. eCM publishes preclinical research in the musculoskeletal field (Trauma, Maxillofacial (including dental), Spine and Orthopaedics) and it is published by AO Research Institute Davos, a Not-for-Profit foundation in Switzerland.

Open Access Compliant

Open Access

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).

Digital Repositories & Digital Object Identifiers


Since 2016, all eCM articles are 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 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 at following conditions:
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) linking 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 (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 10.22203/eCM.

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.

eCM Journal Supplements (Discontinued):
eCM conferences Open Access online periodical Meeting Abstracts

eCM council decided in June 2017 to discontinue and remove all old supplements published in eCM journal. This decision was based upon the unfortunate situation that randomly, since 2013, eCM conference abstract supplements were being used in the JCR/Clarivate Analytics calculation of eCM journal's impact factor. This has wrongly caused a drop of eCM's 2016 Impact Factor from 4.633 to 4.000. Unfortunately JCR/Clarivate Analytics could not agree to solve their miscalculation. Therefore, eCM council decided that all abstracts that were hosted as supplements on eCM journal were to be remade without any reference to eCM journal, without eCM's ISSN number, without reference sections and each combined into 1 PDF for oral and 1 for poster. The remade abstracts are now hosted on eCM conferences Open Access online periodical (ecmconferences site), ISSN 2522-235X.

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