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eCM, published by AO Research Institute Davos

eCM provides an interdisciplinary forum for publication of preclinical research in the musculoskeletal field (Trauma, Maxillofacial (including dental), Spine and Orthopaedics).
eCM Impact Factor 2013 4.887. Five year Impact Factor 5.991


2015 marks 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. eCM was and is a pioneer with many of its innovative ideas leading the way for major publishing companies to follow.
eCM remains The leading Journal of musculoskeletal research.
Submit your best papers to the pioneer in open access publishing.

As a reminder from 1999, some other events:
Bluetooth 1.0 Specification was released in 1999
Everyone feared the Millennium Bug- The total cost of the work done in preparation for Y2K was estimated at over US$300 billion (at that time).
The world population reached 6 billion people - those were the days!


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1) Osteogenic differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells is regulated by osteocyte and osteoblast cells in a simplified bone niche E Birmingham, GL Niebur, PE McHugh, G Shaw, FP Barry, LM McNamara

2) Chondrogenic differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells from osteoarthritic chondrocytes in alginate matrix Y Wei, W Zeng, R Wan, J Wang, Q Zhou, S Qiu, SR Singh

3) In search of an osteoblast cell model for in vitro research EM Czekanska, MJ Stoddart, RG Richards, JS Hayes)

4) Molecular and biophysical mechanisms regulating hypertrophic differentiation in chondrocytes and mesenchymal stem cells D Studer, C Millan, E Öztürk, K Maniura-Weber, M Zenobi-Wong

5) Tissue engineering for articular cartilage repair – the state of the art B Johnstone, M Alini, M Cucchiarini, GR Dodge, D Eglin, F Guilak, H Madry, A Mata, RL Mauck, CE Semino, MJ Stoddart

6) Reactive oxygen species (ROS) – a family of fate deciding molecules pivotal in constructive inflammation and wound healing N Bryan, H Ahswin, N Smart, Y Bayon, S Wohlert, JA Hunt

7) Inflammatory and catabolic signalling in intervertebral discs: The roles of NF-κB and MAP Kinases K Wuertz, N Vo, D Kletsas, N Boos

8) Changes in embryonic stem cell colony morphology and early differentiation markers driven by colloidal crystal topographical cues L Ji, VLS LaPointe, ND Evans, MM Stevens

9) Hydrostatic pressure acts to stabilise a chondrogenic phenotype in porcine joint tissue derived stem cells T Vinardell, RA Rolfe, CT Buckley, EG Meyer, M Ahearne, P Murphy, DJ Kelly

10) Skeletal muscle secreted factors prevent glucocorticoid-induced osteocyte apoptosis through activation of β-catenin K Jähn, N Lara-Castillo, L Brotto, CL Mo, ML Johnson, M Brotto, LF Bonewald

1) Substrate stiffness affects early differentiation events in embryonic stem cells
ND Evans, C Minelli, E Gentleman, V LaPointe, SN Patankar, M Kallivretaki, X Chen, CJ Roberts, MM Stevens

2) Mesenchymal stem cells: a perspective from in vitro cultures to in vivo migration and niches A Augello, TB Kurth, C De Bari

3) Design of ceramic-based cements and putties for bone graft substitution
M Bohner

4) Human mandible bone defect repair by the grafting of dental pulp stem/progenitor cells and collagen sponge biocomplexes
R d’Aquino, A De Rosa, V Lanza, V Tirino, L Laino, A Graziano, V Desiderio, G Laino, G Papaccio

5) Long-term dynamic loading improves the mechanical properties of chondrogenic mesenchymal stem cell-laden hydrogel
AH Huang, MJ Farrell, M Kim, RL Mauck

6) Roles of inflammatory and anabolic cytokines in cartilage metabolism: signals and multiple effectors converge upon MMP-13 regulation in osteoarthritis
MB Goldring, M Otero, DA Plumb, C Dragomir, M Favero, K El Hachem, K Hashimoto, HI Roach, E Olivotto, RM Borzì, KB Marcu

7) Osteoinductive biomaterials: current knowledge of properties, experimental models and biological mechanisms
AMC Barradas, H Yuan, CA van Blitterswijk, P Habibovic

8) Proliferation and osteogenic differentiation of human periodontal ligament cells on akermanite and β-TCP bioceramics
L Xia, Z Zhang, L Chen, W Zhang, D Zeng, X Zhang, J Chang, X Jiang

9) Micromass co-culture of human articular chondrocytes and human bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells to investigate stable neocartilage tissue formation in vitro S Giovannini, J Diaz-Romero, T Aigner, P Heini, P Mainil-Varlet, D Nesic

10) Aligned electrospun polymer fibres for skeletal muscle regeneration
KJ Aviss, JE Gough, S Downes


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