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. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
    Silhouette of a rhesus macaque on a yellow/orange background.

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The rhesus macaque as a success story of the Anthropocene

    Eve B Cooper et al.
    The rhesus macaque is a non-human primate that is widely used as a model organism in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural science.
    1. Ecology

    Research Culture: Highlighting the positive aspects of being a PhD student

    Camille Bernery et al.
    Articles about doing a PhD tend to focus on the difficulties faced by research students: here we argue that the scientific community should also highlight the positive elements of the PhD experience.
  1. Research Culture: Surveying the experience of postdocs in the United States before and during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Andréanne Morin et al.
    The pandemic adversely affected the mental health and research productivity of postdocs in the US, and institutional resources helped to alleviate some of these stresses.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology

    Meta-Research: How parenthood contributes to gender gaps in academia

    Xiang Zheng et al.
    Gender gaps in academic achievement are in fact "parenthood gender gaps", with mothers experiencing higher levels of work-family conflict, and receiving lower levels of partner support, than fathers.
  2. Gloved hand holding a magenta spark

    Lab Life: When your PhD (almost) falls apart

    Dominik Refardt
    As a chance observation threatens to unravel several years of work, a PhD student must choose what to do next.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Science Forum: Adding a One Health approach to a research framework for minority health and health disparities

    Brittany L Morgan et al.
    Adding a One Health approach to a research framework for minority health and health disparities encourages the exploration of new avenues of inquiry, multidisciplinary collaboration, and the consideration of new determinants of health.
  3. Living Science: Maintaining the joy of discovery

    Eve Marder
    Changes in science over the past 50 years have reduced the chances of trainees experiencing the joy of discovery.
    1. Neuroscience

    Science Forum: What is next in African neuroscience?

    Kirsten A Donald et al.
    Working in Africa provides neuroscientists with opportunities that are not available in other continents, but obstacles must be overcome for the neuroscience community in Africa to reach its full potential.
    1. Neuroscience

    Meta-Research: Lessons from a catalogue of 6674 brain recordings

    Alexis DJ Makin et al.
    A complete public catalogue of brain recording data from a single laboratory has revealed new scientific findings, and has also shed light on aspects of the scientific process, such as statistical power and publication bias.