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. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Meta-Research: COVID-19 research risks ignoring important host genes due to pre-established research patterns

    Thomas Stoeger, Luís A Nunes Amaral
    An analysis of 10,395 research publications about COVID-19 that mention at least one human gene reveals that many genes implicated in SARS-CoV-2 infection by genome-wide studies remain unstudied.
  1. Mental Health in Academia: Shedding light on those who provide support

    Elsa Loissel
    An eLife survey explores the experiences of those in the research community who support colleagues struggling with their mental health.
  2. Meta-Research: Journal policies and editors' opinions on peer review

    Daniel G Hamilton et al.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology

    Meta-Research: Task specialization across research careers

    Nicolas Robinson-Garcia et al.
    An analysis of author contribution statements in a large number of published papers reveals biases in the career trajectories of scientists.
  3. Research Culture: Virtual conferences raise standards for accessibility and interactions

    Sarvenaz Sarabipour
    Virtual conferences benefit the scientific community by increasing the number and diversity of attendees compared to in-person conferences, and by being less time consuming, more economic and environmentally friendly.
  4. Meta-Research: Evaluating the impact of open access policies on research institutions

    Chun-Kai (Karl) Huang et al.
    A longitudinal study of open access levels at 1,207 research institutions worldwide reveals high performing institutions in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
  5. Meta-Research: Questionable research practices may have little effect on replicability

    Rolf Ulrich, Jeff Miller
    Although questionable research practices inflate false positive rates, they have little effect on replicability because they also increase power.
  6. Research Culture: Why scientific societies should involve more early-career researchers

    Adriana Bankston et al.
    Appointing early-career researchers to positions of influence within scientific societies would be mutually beneficial for both.
    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.