Early-career scientists

The community behind eLife wants to help address some of the pressures on early-career scientists

The community behind eLife – including the research funders who support the journal, the editors and referees who run the peer-review process, and our Early-Career Advisory Group – are keenly aware of the pressures faced by junior investigators, and are working to create a more positive publishing experience that will, among other things, help early-career researchers receive the recognition they deserve.

eLife supports and showcases early-career scientists and their work in a number of ways:

Magazine features
Early-career researchers and issues of concern to them are regularly featured in interviews, podcasts and articles in the Magazine section of eLife
#ECRWednesday Webinars
A platform for the early-career community to share opportunities and explore issues around building a successful research career, on the last Wednesday of every month
We offer speakers and funding for scientific meetings organised for and by early-career researchers
Travel grants
eLife offers funding to help early-career scientists get exposure and recognition for their work among leading scientists in their fields
Involvement in peer review
eLife encourages reviewers to involve junior colleagues as co-reviewers; we involve outstanding early-stage researchers as reviewers in their own right; and we enable all reviewers to receive credit for their contributions through services such as Publons and ORCID
Taking advice
eLife has invited a group of talented graduate students, postdocs and junior group leaders from laboratories across the world to our Early-Career Advisory Group to help guide the direction of the journal and to help us reshape science publishing. Learn more and sign up to have your say

For the latest in our work to support early-career scientists, explore our Community page and sign up for eLife News for Early-Career Researchers.