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. A black and white line-drawing of a gloved hand holds a spark over a mid-blue background. Adapted from work by Marzia Munafò.

    Career: Don’t face writer’s block alone

    Bruna Martins Garcia
    Creating a writing club allowed a Brazilian PhD student to confront her fears, improve her English and, ultimately, change the way she sees research.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Amphioxus as a model to study the evolution of development in chordates

    Salvatore D'Aniello, Stephanie Bertrand, Hector Escriva
    Interest in the ecology, biology and evolution of amphioxus is growing, and the availability of several species is helping to improve our understanding of chordate evolution.
  2. A black and white line-drawing of a gloved hand holds a spark over a yellowy-orange background

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Why I cannot return home yet

    Mariano A Molina
    Studying abroad helped a Panamanian student to accept who he is, but it meant him letting go of his dream.
  3. A black and white line-drawing of a gloved hand holds a bright yellow spark

    Being a Scientist: In the name of perseverance

    Tanya Espino-Sanchez
    Between honoring her immigrant family and making her children proud, a first-generation PhD student fights for her place in academia.
  4. Meta-Research: The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gender gap in research productivity within academia

    Kiran GL Lee, Adele Mennerat ... Antica Culina
    A systematic review and meta-analysis of 55 articles about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on researchers confirms that the pandemic increased the gender gap in research productivity.
  5. Point of View: Reshaping the research landscape in Brazil

    Gustavo Schiavone Crestana, Jéssica Mendes ... Flávia Vischi Winck
    Brazil would benefit from a long-term strategy for science and innovation that improves the standing of both science and scientists in the country.
  6. Research Culture: Why every lab needs a handbook

    Benjamin C Tendler, Maddie Welland ... The WIN Handbook Team
    By explaining how a lab works, outlining what is expected of everyone, and describing the culture the lab is aiming for, a good lab handbook will benefit all the members of a research group.
  7. A hand gloved in dark blue holds a bright white spark with a soft red glow

    Being a Scientist: Fleeing Iraq with nothing but a dream

    Arby Abood
    Facing the harsh realities of life as a refugee in Jordan and the United States, an ambitious young man holds to a conviction: that he will, one day, get a PhD.
    1. Neuroscience

    Point of View: Beware ‘persuasive communication devices’ when writing and reading scientific articles

    Olivier Corneille, Jo Havemann ... Leon D Lotter
    Authors should be open about the limitations of their work and not overstate its importance.
  8. Side-profile of a figure with a cochlear implant, against a yellow background featuring stylized virus particles and sound waves.

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: When communication all changed

    John J Dennehy
    Between early challenges and lasting opportunities, a deaf virologist reflects on how the pandemic transformed his access to academic spaces.