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. Cell Biology

    Science Forum: Vision, challenges and opportunities for a Plant Cell Atlas

    Plant Cell Atlas Consortium et al.
    A Plant Cell Atlas that shows the location and organization of molecules at cellular and tissue levels could have far-reaching consequences for plant sciences.
  1. Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Alternative strategies for closing the award gap between white and minority ethnic students

    Louise Cramer
    An analysis of the grades awarded to cell biology students at University College London suggests that exams may contribute more to the award gap than coursework in this subject.
  2. Science Forum: A community-led initiative for training in reproducible research

    Susann Auer et al.
    The Reproducibility for Everyone initiative aims to provide researchers at all career stages and across many disciplines with training in reproducible research practices via customizable workshop material.
  3. Illustration by Carys Boughton

    Culture Shift: A catalyst for change

    Chrissy Stachl
    Disillusioned with conducting chemistry experiments in a basement, a new graduate student decides instead to dedicate her PhD to improving the culture of her research environment.
    1. Cancer Biology
    2. Cell Biology

    Science Forum: Nanoscape, a data-driven 3D real-time interactive virtual cell environment

    Shereen R Kadir et al.
    Computer visualization techniques developed for video games can be repurposed to enable viewers to explore cells and their environment in three dimensions.
    1. Ecology
    2. Neuroscience
    Silhouette of a zebra finch on a blue background.

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Neurogenomic insights into the behavioral and vocal development of the zebra finch

    Mark E Hauber et al.
    The genetic and behavioral diversity of the zebra finch, both in the wild and in captivity, make it well-suited for neuroethological studies of vocal learning, culture, and social bonding.
    1. Genetics and Genomics

    Science Forum: The critical importance of vouchers in genomics

    Janet C Buckner et al.
    Geneticists should include links to and information about permanently preserved voucher specimens on genome databases and publications.
    1. Medicine

    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Introducing the MAVEN Leadership Training Initiative to diversify the scientific workforce

    Y Claire Wang et al.
    The MAVEN Initiative has been designed to encourage mid-career women scientists, particularly women of color, to move into leadership positions in science.
  4. Meta-Research: Weak evidence of country- and institution-related status bias in the peer review of abstracts

    Mathias Wullum Nielsen et al.
    A preregistered survey experiment spanning six disciplines has found weak evidence of bias in favour of authors from high-status countries and institutions.
  5. Living Science: Truth even unto its innermost parts

    Eve Marder
    Challenging anyone who spreads falsehoods is an important part of respecting the truth in both science and the wider world.