eCM Journal
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ISSN 1473-2262   NLM: 100973416 (link) The leading Journal of musculoskeletal research.


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eCM Scope

eCM provides an interdisciplinary forum for publication of preclinical research in the musculoskeletal field (Trauma, Maxillofacial (including dental), Spine and Orthopaedics) and the cells and materials used in the replacement, repair or regeneration of these tissues.

The clinical relevance of the work must be briefly mentioned within the abstract, and in more detail in the discussion. Poor abstracts which do not concisely cover the paper contents will not be sent for review. Incremental steps in research will not be entertained by eCM journal.

The Scope has been broadened on December 8th 2014.
Please CAREFULLY read the Instructions to Authors before submission to save early disappointment.

Cross-disciplinary papers that go across our scope areas are welcomed.

• Assessment of materials for biomedical use in the musculoskeletal field with interaction with tissues/ prokaryotic / eukaryotic cells.
Manuscripts must have an important biological dimension reporting effects at the cellular, tissue or organismic levels. Mechanotransduction papers with musculoskeletal cells will be entertained. Papers focussing purely on material properties or biomechanics properties (alone or combined, without a strong biological dimension)will not be entertained. In vitro cytocompatibilty studies should use primary cells or more than one cell line and provide more than just simple descriptions of cell viability, spreading, proliferation, mineralisation etc. Major improvements with in vitro, ex vivo or in vivo models may be considered.
Submissions of manuscripts on effects of surfaces, coatings, additives etc. to prevent bacterial adhesion must also consider the effect on eukaryotic cells (to be mentioned within the abstract) or refer to previously published data with the exact same surfaces to be considered for publication. High level submissions on Infection prevention, diagnostics, therapy and major improvement with in vitro or in vivo models are welcomed.

• Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (TERM).
Manuscripts concerning aspects of the repair or regeneration of connective and mineralized tissues within the musculoskeletal field will be considered. TERM papers where only biomechanical testing is utilized will not be considered, but biomechanics may be within a TERM submission.

Structure, function, biology & biomechanics of connective and mineralized tissues.
Manuscripts concerning the structure of bone, teeth, cartilage, intervertebral discs, skeletal muscle, tendons and ligaments within the musculoskeletal field will be considered.

Stem and Progenitor Cells.
All manuscripts concerning stem cell characterization and mechanisms of differentiation as they relate to the connective and mineralized tissues of the musculoskeletal field will be considered. Note: The use of pooled donor cells should be avoided. When unavoidable, their use needs to be justified convincingly within the manuscript (and within the cover letter).

eCM carries original research papers, reviews and tutorials on the advances made within the journal scope. All articles are peer-reviewed and reviewer comments, together with responses by authors, are published as an integral part of the paper.

Technical notes and papers focussing purely on computational or biomechanical models will not be entertained. Papers must report effects at the cellular, tissue or organismic levels, which is a pre-requisite for possible acceptance of papers for publication in eCM.

Note: eCM's definition of the musculoskeletal field includes bone, teeth, cartilage, intervertebral discs, skeletal muscle (not smooth or cardiac muscle), tendons and ligaments (it does not include the spinal cord or neural tissues).

Last modified December 8, 2014

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