Feature Articles

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 meta-research.

Latest articles

  1. Living Science: The compliment sandwich

    Eve Marder
    What is the best way to ensure that scientific criticism is heard and understood?.
  2. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Mental health in medical and biomedical doctoral students during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and racial protests

    Allison Schad, Rebekah L Layton ... Jeanette Gowen Cook
    Biomedical doctoral students and those from historically excluded groups exhibit higher rates of mental distress, which worsened in 2020 for some populations.
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    Career: Why I shrank my lab by half

    Anne E Carpenter
    A medical diagnosis sets a principal investigator on a new path.
    1. Neuroscience

    Science Forum: How failure to falsify in high-volume science contributes to the replication crisis

    Sarah M Rajtmajer, Timothy M Errington, Frank G Hillary
    An increased emphasis on falsification – the direct testing of strong hypotheses – will lead to faster progress in science by allowing well-specified hypotheses to be eliminated.
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    Reproductive Rights: Having an abortion during your PhD

    Amanda Smythers
    A graduate student reflects on her choice to end a pregnancy, and on what the overturning of Roe v. Wade means for trainees in the United States.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
    Silhouette of a rhesus macaque on a yellow/orange background.

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The rhesus macaque as a success story of the Anthropocene

    Eve B Cooper, Lauren JN Brent ... James P Higham
    The rhesus macaque is a non-human primate that is widely used as a model organism in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural science.
  5. Research Culture: Surveying the experience of postdocs in the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Andréanne Morin, Britney A Helling ... Nancy B Schwartz
    The pandemic adversely affected the mental health and research productivity of postdocs in the US, and institutional resources helped to alleviate some of these stresses.
    1. Ecology

    Research Culture: Highlighting the positive aspects of being a PhD student

    Camille Bernery, Léo Lusardi ... Franck Courchamp
    Articles about doing a PhD tend to focus on the difficulties faced by research students: here we argue that the scientific community should also highlight the positive elements of the PhD experience.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Meta-Research: How parenthood contributes to gender gaps in academia

    Xiang Zheng, Haimiao Yuan, Chaoqun Ni
    Gender gaps in academic achievement are in fact "parenthood gender gaps", with mothers experiencing higher levels of work-family conflict, and receiving lower levels of partner support, than fathers.
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    Lab Life: When your PhD (almost) falls apart

    Dominik Refardt
    As a chance observation threatens to unravel several years of work, a PhD student must choose what to do next.