eLife News

eLife News

  1. Press package: Risk of tree species disappearing in central Africa ‘a major concern’, say researchers

    January 17, 2017

    Human disturbance may often be criticised for harming the environment, but new research suggests a persistent lack of human attention in the central African forest could actually cause some tree species to disappear. The study, from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech - Université de Liège and the Royal Museum for Central Africa, both in Belgium, presents challenges to current practices in forest maintenance and suggests how more effective measures could be taken in future. The findings are published in the journal eLife. “Populations of light-demanding trees that dominate the canopy of central African...

  2. eLife simplifies submission for authors through new collaborations

    January 13, 2017

    eLife is integrating new authoring tools into its submission system to give authors more choice about how they submit their work. eLife, the non-profit initiative inspired by research funders and led by scientists, aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. eLife is now working with Overleaf, Manuscripts.app, PubRef and, most recently, Authorea, to allow authors to write and submit research to the journal as quickly and easily as possible. Through the collaborative...

  3. Inside eLife: Enabling the Contributor Roles Taxonomy for author contributions

    January 04, 2017

    We are pleased to announce the introduction of the Contributor Roles Taxonomy (CRediT) for author contributions at eLife. The average number of authors per paper in scientific and medical publishing has increased significantly over the last 80 years, and it has become increasingly problematic to use author order as a proxy for someone’s contributions to a research project (Brand et al., Beyond authorship: attribution, contribution, collaboration, and credit , Learned Publishing , 28: 151–155 doi:10.1087/20150211). Coordinated by the Consortia Advancing Standards in Research Administration...

  4. Press package: Amazonia's best and worst areas for carbon recovery revealed

    December 20, 2016

    The first mapping of carbon recovery in Amazonian forests following emissions released by commercial logging activities has been published in the journal eLife. The findings suggest that, in some of the forests disturbed by logging, surviving trees may be more reliable for storing carbon emissions than newly 'recruited' trees (juveniles that naturally regenerate in the logged forests). Amazonia, the largest tropical forest globally, holds 30% of the carbon stored in the earth's forests. Logging releases a significant amount of this carbon - a key component of climate change - into the...

  5. Inside eLife: Results of our public consultation on a publication fee waiver policy

    December 16, 2016

    Researchers can experience financial constraints that limit their ability to pay a fee for open-access publishing for a number of reasons. While we are introducing a fee for publication at eLife in January, we feel strongly that the fee should not be a barrier to authors with excellent work to present, but limited means to pay. To help us develop a fee waiver policy that is straightforward and fair, we attempted to learn more about the circumstances that create financial constraints and make the publication fee a burden with an open public consultation this Autumn. The results have helped...

  6. Inside eLife: Consultative peer-review, from the reviewers’ perspective

    December 15, 2016

    With the end of 2016 drawing near, we would like to take the opportunity to share the views of our reviewers. Last September, we asked our reviewers for feedback on the peer-review process at eLife in an anonymous survey. We were interested to know if our process is being realised as intended, and if reviewers feel we’re achieving the benefits we’ve hoped we would.

  7. Press package: New footprints hint at early human ancestor’s social behaviour

    December 14, 2016

    New footprints of a 3.66-million-year-old human relative discovered at Laetoli, Tanzania, indicate significant differences in body size among the species and provide new insight into its social organisation. Writing in the journal eLife, a team of researchers from institutions in Italy and Tanzania suggest the impressive differences in body size indicated by the footprints point to a considerable difference in male and female characteristics in Australopithecus afarensis ( Au. afarensis ), the same species as the famous fossil Lucy. The fact that the footprints suggest those of a male walking...

  8. Webinar: eLife's peer-review process explained

    December 12, 2016

    Peer review can really feel like it’s working against scientists sometimes. Authors often receive multiple, conflicting comments from reviewers that might be impossible to reconcile. They can end up spending months on extra experiments and unnecessary delays. At the same time, reviewers often have no feedback on the reviews they have provided and whether they have helped the authors. eLife's consultative peer-review process engages reviewers in an open discussion, where they have an opportunity to engage in true scholarly exchange of views with colleagues

  9. Job vacancy: Marketing Manager (maternity cover)

    December 09, 2016

    This is a full-time fixed term contract based in Cambridge UK, from February to November 2017. Due to staff maternity leave, eLife is looking for an experienced Marketing Manager to provide cover from 1st February 2017. Reporting to the Head of External Relations, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility for ensuring the successful execution of eLife marketing programs and providing analysis to inspire future direction. Specific Responsibilities Marketing – implementing eLife’s plans to raise awareness and support for the journal, innovation program, and other efforts...

  10. eLife Opinion: Including preprints and interim research products in applications and reports

    December 09, 2016

    Our response to the National Institutes of Health Request for Information on the use of interim research products in NIH applications and reports, and the standards for reporting them. At eLife, we strongly support the use of preprints for sharing research results. We encourage early dissemination and scholarly discussion of interim research products, which allow investigators to truly accelerate discovery. We have shared our views with the NIH in their recent call for feedback on the subject. Here we enclose our full response to the consultation.