eCM Meeting Abstracts Collections
The eCM Journal (Eur Cell Mater) council decided in June 2017 to discontinue eCM supplements, since they are being used in the JCR / Clarivate Analytics calculation of impact factor for eCM, which unfortunately would account for approximately 15% of our citable items. All eCM supplements were pure conference abstracts, which should not be included in an Impact Factor calculation ("non-citable item"). eCM and many other journals do not even allow manuscripts to use citations to 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not searchable on PubMed, are/were not deposited in CLOCKSS and are/were not allowed to be cited by eCM, as they are not peer reviewed.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) have used these non-citable item supplements from eCM in the Impact Factor calculation for 2016. Due to this major impact factor affect, eCM has wrongly been given an impact factor of 4.000, which without the non-citable item supplements should be 4.633. The eCM Journal council have therefore decided to stop all production of eCM supplements with eCM journal and has stopped hosting all past supplements. The 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 ecmconferences.org, with no ISSN number associated to the abstract collection. The abstract collections have replaced “European Cells and Materials Vol. XX. Suppl., YEAR (page)” with eCM Meeting Abstracts year, Collection X; Society name, date of meeting. 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.