Why publish with us?
SpeedGet your results out fast
Initial decisions are made in a few days, post-review decisions in about a month, and most articles go through only one round of revision. Every author also has the option to make their accepted manuscript openly available shortly after receiving a final decision.
Great backingWe support early career scientists
To support job, tenure and funding applications, the eLife Senior editor who handles your paper is willing to write a letter of recommendation that describes the significance of your article.
Review processTaking the pain out of peer review
The scientist editors who run eLife will give you feedback that’s constructive and fair. If invited to revise your work, you’ll receive a single consolidated list of comments, so that you know exactly what you need to do to get your work published.
Research assessmenteLife will not promote the Impact Factor
We’ll promote your work, and provide quantitative and qualitative indicators about its reach and influence. eLife is working to expand and enrich the concept of research impact beyond the use of a single number and a journal name.
ReachGet great exposure
eLife papers get great media coverage in venues like the New York Times and National Geographic. We make every paper more accessible to a broad set of readers – including students, colleagues in other fields, and the public – through Impact statements, plain language summaries (eLife Digests), and selected expert commentaries (eLife Insights). eLife articles are immediately and freely available to the world.
Community drivenScientists make the decisions
eLife is a unique, non-profit, researcher-driven initiative. Editorial decisions are made exclusively by working scientists in your field.
Marianne Bronner Caltech
"We had a great experience publishing in eLife and were particularly amazed at the great publicity the paper received. My post-docs are now convinced that this is a good place to publish so I’m confident that the next paper we consider sending to [a high profile journal] will go to eLife."
Bassem Hassan KU Leuven
"The reviewer consultation process where the reviewers, the reviewing editor and the senior editor all work together is fantastic. What a unique and positive experience. eLife is a truly transformative journal."
Wolf B. Frommer Carnegie Institution for Science
"I am very happy my paper was accepted by eLife, but I have to say that it was a wonderful experience all around. Constructive criticism, plus rapid decisions and no big fuss. Congratulations for setting this journal up ... you guys will take eLife to the top."