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. Point of View: eLife’s new model and its impact on science communication

    Lara Urban, Mariana De Niz ... Lamis Yahia Mohamed Elkheir
    The eLife Early-Career Advisory Group discusses eLife’s new peer review and publishing model, and how the whole process of scientific communication could be improved for the benefit of early-career researchers and the entire scientific community.
  2. A pastel blue hand holds a balanced pair of scales across a fractured background; both plates hold the grey silhouette of a scientist, who is either giving a speech (left plate) or looking down a microscope (right plate).

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: The hidden toll of community outreach

    Raul A Ramos
    Caught in a system eager for success stories, a PhD student from an underrepresented background learns how to balance his challenges in the lab with his desire to serve his community.
  3. Meta-Research: Systemic racial disparities in funding rates at the National Science Foundation

    Christine Yifeng Chen, Sara S Kahanamoku ... Justin Hosbey
    White principal investigators applying to the National Science Foundation are consistently funded at higher rates than most non-white PIs.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Science Forum: A low-cost, open-source evolutionary bioreactor and its educational use

    Vishhvaan Gopalakrishnan, Dena Crozier ... Jacob G Scott
    The EVolutionary biorEactor (EVE) can be built for less than $200, and can be used to evaluate microbial population dynamics in the lab and to teach evolution in high schools.
  4. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: A guide for writing anti-racist tenure and promotion letters

    The A4BL Anti-racist Tenure Letter Working Group
    Acknowledging the often underappreciated contributions Black and other marginalized scholars make to academia can help us build a more inclusive culture.
  5. Science and Politics: The fight for evolution

    N Ezgi Altınışık
    As the Turkish government intensified its attacks on the theory of evolution, the academic community rallied to push back. A researcher recounts how she decided to join them.
    1. Ecology
    2. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Point of View: The biospheric emergency calls for scientists to change tactics

    Fernando Racimo, Elia Valentini ... Julia B Halder
    The ever-worsening climate and ecological crises calls for life scientists to engage in advocacy and activism to galvanise governments and the public into action.
  6. A hand gloved in green holding a blue spark

    Career: How I learned to redefine academic success as a senior postdoc

    John J Tukker
    After many professional twists and turns, a researcher reconsiders what it means to ‘make it’ in academia.
  7. Living Science: The compliment sandwich

    Eve Marder
    What is the best way to ensure that scientific criticism is heard and understood?.
  8. 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.