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. Living Science: Intentional text

    Eve Marder
    It is important to read what the authors have written and to pay attention to every word when you write.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Meta-Research: COVID-19 medical papers have fewer women first authors than expected

    Jens Peter Andersen et al.
    Lockdowns in the United States caused by the COVID-19 pandemic appear related to a decrease in the number of women publishing research papers, especially as first authors.
    1. Cell Biology
    2. Developmental Biology

    Philosophy of Biology: The analysis of living systems can generate both knowledge and illusions

    Antony M Jose
    By thinking about experimental techniques in terms of six broad approaches – perturbation, visualization, substitution, characterization, reconstitution, and simulation – researchers may be able to generate more reliable inferences.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The unlimited potential of the great pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis

    István Fodor et al.
    The great pond snail is a multipurpose model organism and a contemporary choice for addressing a wide range of biological questions, problems and phenomena in the laboratory and the field.
  2. COVID-19 and the Research Community: Being vulnerable

    Jasper Elan Hunt
    Early-career researchers feel discouraged from exposing vulnerability even during a global crisis.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Immunology and Inflammation

    Science Forum: A Global lmmunological Observatory to meet a time of pandemics

    Michael J Mina et al.
    The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated the need for a global system to monitor the dynamics of susceptibility and immunity, as well as infection, during epidemics and pandemics.
  3. COVID-19 and the Research Community: The challenges of lockdown for early-career researchers

    Nicola Byrom
    Thousands of UK doctoral students and early-career researchers shared the repercussions of lockdown on their work and wellbeing.
  4. A survey-based analysis of the academic job market

    Jason D Fernandes et al.
  5. Scientist and Parent: Learning lessons from a toddler

    Madhumala K Sadanandappa
    Struggling to get her research project up and running in a new country, a mother gets inspiration from her young daughter.
    1. Human Biology and Medicine

    Meta-Research: A 10-year follow-up study of sex inclusion in the biological sciences

    Nicole C Woitowich et al.
    Sex-inclusive research practices have increased in many biological disciplines over the past decade, yet critical sex-based analyses and reporting have remained stagnant in most of these disciplines.