eCM Meeting Abstracts Collections
In June 2017, eCM Journal (Eur Cell Mater) council decided to discontinue eCM supplements, since they were used in the JCR/Clarivate Analytics calculation of eCM impact factor and unfortunately accounted for approximately 15% of eCM citable items. All eCM supplements were pure conference abstracts, which should have not been included in an Impact Factor calculation ("non-citable item"). eCM and many other journals do not even allow manuscripts to cite conference abstracts. This is reflected from the fact that from the 17 supplements (from 2014 and 2015) used for the calculation of the 2016 JCR Impact factor there were zero citations. eCM supplements did not have a DOI, are/were not searchable on PubMed, are/were not deposited in CLOCKSS and are/were not allowed to be cited by eCM, as they are not peer reviewed. Despite this, JCR /Clarivate Analytics unfortunately (for reasons not explained to us) has used these non-citable items in the Impact Factor calculation for 2016. As a consequence, eCM has wrongly been given an impact factor of 4.000, which without the non-citable item supplements would be 4.633. Therefore, eCM Journal council has decided to stop the production of eCM supplements within eCM journal and has stopped hosting all past supplements. eCM Journal council agreed to host all old supplements in a new format, called Meeting Abstracts on a separate new web site ecmconferences, which is not part of the eCM (Eur Cell Mater) journal publication, but is owned as a separate part of eCM.
All the abstracts of one supplement have been combined into either a standalone PDF or into one PDF for oral presentations and one PDF for poster presentations. A single web page has been prepared for each collection of abstracts. The new abstract template will replace "http://www.ecmjournal.org" with "www.ecmconferences.org", with no ISSN number associated to the abstract collection. The abstract collections have “European Cells and Materials Vol. XX. Suppl., YEAR (page)” replaced with "eCM Meeting Abstracts year, Collection X; Society name". For all new meeting abstracts hosted with ecmconferences, the references section will also not be included in the abstract template for the above reasons. Costs associated with hosting of these eCM abstracts have also dropped dramatically, due to the less labour intensive production of these single PDF collections.
These are collections of meeting abstracts hosted on the eCM conferences website. The abstracts within them are not peer reviewed. Their content is controlled by the respective conference organisers. They do not have a DOI and they are not listed in PubMed. They are not an eCM Journal (Eur Cell Mater) supplement or manuscript.