eLife News: news from eLife

eLife News: news from eLife

  1. Inside eLife: Working with Bio-protocol to publish peer-reviewed protocols

    April 26, 2017

    Recognizing the need for greater reproducibility in scientific research, Bio-protocol enables authors to publish their step-by-step methods A contribution to Inside eLife by Marielle Cavrois, Fanglian He and Vivian Siegel At Bio-protocol, Marielle Cavrois is Editor-in-Chief, Fanglian He is Executive Editor and Vivian Siegel is Senior Editorial Advisor Created in 2011 by a group of Stanford scientists, Bio-protocol is an online, peer-reviewed journal curating high-quality research protocols within the life sciences. Bio-protocol provides critical information that enables scientists to be able...

  2. Inside eLife: Forking software used in eLife papers to GitHub

    April 24, 2017

    By Maria Guerreiro, Senior Editorial Assistant, eLife Since it was launched in 2008, the version-control repository and hosting service GitHub has not only been a vital tool in the daily life of programmers and developers, but it has also become increasingly important for researchers in the biomedical and life sciences. The influence of GitHub has grown significantly, with more than 56 million projects hosted (as of April 2017), and increasingly published papers include citations to GitHub (Jeffrey Perkel, " Democratic databases: science on GitHub ", Nature, 2016). GitHub and other hosting...

  3. Inside eLife: Three early-career researchers awarded first travel grants for 2017

    April 21, 2017

    In the first round of applications for 2017, Douglas Brumley, Ryo Matsuda and Rachel Lowe have been selected by eLife Senior Editors to receive travel grants, based on the quality of the eLife papers they put forward for consideration. The subjects covered in this round were Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Computational and Systems Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Epidemiology and Global Health, and Human Biology and Medicine. We received over 35 applications for this round and have five more rounds and 17 grants available to award before the final deadline. The...

  4. Press package: Viral fossils reveal how our ancestors may have eliminated an ancient infection

    April 11, 2017

    Scientists have uncovered how our ancestors may have wiped out an ancient retrovirus around 11 million years ago. Retroviruses, which include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), are abundant in nature. Unlike other viruses, which do not usually leave a physical trace of their existence, retroviruses include a step in their life cycle where their genetic material is integrated into the genome of their host. This integration has created a genetic fossil record of extinct retroviruses that is preserved in the genomes of modern organisms. Writing in the journal eLife, researchers from the...

  5. Press package: Legionella bacteria’s escape route revealed

    April 11, 2017

    The precise mechanism used by Legionella bacteria to escape the body’s defences has been unpicked in intricate detail and is described for the first time in the journal eLife. The study reveals a potential new therapeutic approach to tackle infection by Legionella pneumophila , which is a common cause of community and hospital-acquired pneumonia and causes death in almost a third of cases. One of the ways the body rids itself of infection is to gobble up bacteria or viruses within its cells – a process called autophagy. But particularly dangerous bacteria, such as Legionella , have evolved...

  6. Setting your cites on open

    April 07, 2017

    The Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) was launched on April 6th, 2017. Over the course of about six months, the initiative has made a large fraction of the citation data that link all scholarship freely available. Mark Patterson (eLife) and Catriona MacCallum (PLOS) were two of the people involved and below they describe how this initiative started and where it might lead. Blog post by Mark Patterson, eLife, and Catriona MacCallum, PLOS It is enormously satisfying when a good idea captures the imagination and takes off and that’s precisely what happened with the Initiative for Open...

  7. Initiative for Open Citations (I4OC) launches with early success

    April 06, 2017

    There is fresh momentum in the scholarly publishing world to open up data on the citations that link research publications. Six organizations today announced the establishment of the Initiative for Open Citations ( I4OC ): OpenCitations, the Wikimedia Foundation, PLOS, eLife, DataCite, and the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University. Until recently, the vast majority of citation data were not openly available, even though all major publishers freely share their metadata through the foundational infrastructure provided by Crossref . Before I4OC started, only about 1% of the...

  8. eLife welcomes 85 new editors in 15 subject areas

    April 05, 2017

    We are delighted to announce the newest members of the eLife Board of Reviewing Editors (BRE), bringing expertise in: Biochemistry, Biophysics and Structural Biology, Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Computational and Systems Biology, Developmental Biology and Stem Cells, Ecology, Epidemiology and Global Health, Genes and Chromosomes, Genomics and Evolutionary Biology, Human Biology and Medicine, Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Neuroscience, and Plant Biology. The Reviewing Editors are responsible for reviewing articles, at the request of the Senior Editors, and recruiting...

  9. Press package: 'Flying syringes' could detect emerging infectious diseases

    March 28, 2017

    Blood-sucking flies can act as 'flying syringes' to detect emerging infectious diseases in wild animals before they spread to humans, according to research published in the journal eLife. The discovery has significant implications for our ability to control the global outbreak of new and re-emerging infections such as the Ebola and Zika viruses. Seven new pathogens are identified worldwide each year, and this is predicted to reach 15-20 every year by 2020 because of increased human contact with wildlife species that are potential reservoirs of disease. Despite significant scientific advances...

  10. Inside eLife: Authors can now submit a preprint to bioRxiv while submitting to eLife

    March 24, 2017

    By Andy Collings, Executive Editor, eLife The use of preprints in the life sciences is growing at an impressive rate ( ASAPbio: Biology preprints over time ), with nearly 1,000 new preprints being posted each month. At eLife, authors have always been encouraged to make use of preprint servers, such as bioRxiv and arXiv , before submission or while their paper is under review. Indeed, authors can upload a preprint to bioRxiv first and then transfer their files for consideration by eLife. In January 2016, eLife was among the first group of journals to participate in bioRxiv’s direct transfer...

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