The Journal of Biomechanical Engineering has been in continuous production since 1977. To honor papers published at least 30 years ago that have had a long-lasting impact on the field, we present a paper starting from the early years of the journal that has had lasting impact, as assessed by metrics such as the total number of citations accumulated since publication. Following last year's inaugural legacy paper, “Fluid Mechanics of Arterial Stenoses” by D. F. Young (JBME 101:157, 1979), we present this year's choice for the Legacy paper:

Biphasic Creep and Stress Relaxation of Articular Cartilage in Compression: Theory and Experiments,” by V. C. Mow, S. C. Kuei, W. M. Lai, and C. G. Armstrong, ASME Journal of Biomechanical Engineering, 102(1):73, 1980.

This classic paper synthesized the emerging ideas of the time about the role of interstitial fluid in the mechanics...

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