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.

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    1. Neuroscience
    Illustration of a hand and jigsaw puzzle

    Living Science: Theoretical musings

    Eve Marder
    The best theory papers help experimentalists to identify which of their results might be general and to plan a path through the maze of all possible future experiments.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Science Forum: Imaging methods are vastly underreported in biomedical research

    Guillermo Marqués et al.
    The poor reporting of imaging methods in the scientific literature is hindering the evaluation and replication of biomedical research.
  1. Research Culture: Changing how we evaluate research is difficult, but not impossible

    Anna Hatch, Stephen Curry
    The DORA initiative offers practical guidance on improving the assessment of research by universities, research institutions, and funders.
  2. Research Culture: Actionable recommendations from trainees to improve science training

    Stephanie M Davis et al.
    Early-career researchers propose seven actions that can be taken by research institutions and departments to improve science training.
  3. Meta-Research: Large-scale language analysis of peer review reports

    Ivan Buljan et al.
    The linguistic characteristics of peer review reports are not influenced by research area, type of review or reviewer gender, which is evidence for the robustness of peer review.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Meta-Research: International authorship and collaboration across bioRxiv preprints

    Richard J Abdill et al.
    An analysis of 67,885 preprints on bioRxiv finds evidence for disparities in international participation that are similar to the disparities found in conventional journals.
  4. Meta-Research: The growth of acronyms in the scientific literature

    Adrian Barnett, Zoe Doubleday
    A study of 24 million articles has revealed that scientists have created more than 1 million acronyms since 1950, most of which have been used fewer than 10 times.
  5. Research Culture: A survey-based analysis of the academic job market

    Jason D Fernandes et al.
    A survey of over 300 applicants for faculty positions reveals that there are many paths to securing a job offer.