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eLife Feature Articles allow authors to discuss research culture, science policy and funding, careers in science and a variety of other topics related to science and research. Feature Articles can also report original findings in
Computational and Systems Biology
Meta-Research: Releasing a preprint is associated with more attention and citations for the peer-reviewed article
Darwin Y Fu, Jacob J Hughey
Philosophy of Biology: Characterizing causality in cancer
Elena Rondeau et al.
Ideas about causality from philosophy can help scientists to better understand how cancerous tumors grow and spread in the body.
Mental Health in Academia: Get online to support wellbeing of graduate students
Liesl A Krause, Susanna L Harris
Universities should use online resources to help graduate students who are struggling with their mental health to access appropriate support.
The Natural History of Model Organisms: Insights into the evolution of social systems and species from baboon studies
Julia Fischer et al.
Wild baboons are an excellent model to study complex evolutionary processes such as speciation and hybridization, as well as the links between sociality, longevity and reproductive success.
Genetics and Genomics
Philosophy of Biology: The meanings of 'function' in biology and the problematic case of de novo gene emergence
Diane Marie Keeling et al.
A lexicon to help scientists and philosophers discuss the meaning of function in molecular biology more clearly is proposed.
Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Research Culture: Co-reviewing and ghostwriting by early-career researchers in the peer review of manuscripts
Gary S McDowell et al.
Early career researchers commonly peer review manuscripts on behalf of invited reviewers, often without receiving feedback or being named to the journal.
Living Science: Watching jellyfish
The natural world is more complex, and also more fragile, than it appears.
Mental Health in Academia: A question of support
Who helps junior researchers that go through difficult times?
Science Forum: Ten common statistical mistakes to watch out for when writing or reviewing a manuscript
Tamar R Makin, Jean-Jacques Orban de Xivry
What can authors and reviewers do to keep common statistical mistakes out of the literature?
Living Science: Power analysis
Indira M Raman
After acknowledging that power differentials exist, can scientists find inspiration to persevere anyway?
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