eLife News

eLife News

  1. Inside eLife: Attend our webinar April 26: Engaging with wider audiences

    April 03, 2017

    Time: Wednesday, April 26 | 16:00 - 17:00 BST "Science isn’t finished until it’s communicated. The communication to wider audiences is part of the job of being a scientist, and so how you communicate is absolutely vital.” – Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK government (2013) From giving talks to writing papers, communication is part of a scientist’s everyday life. Succeeding as a scientist means being an effective communicator too, and it is perhaps more important than ever that scientists feel equipped to reach out and engage with new audiences. Early-career...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. Plain-language summaries: Journals and other organizations that produce plain-language summaries

    March 15, 2017

    As part of our “Plain-language summaries of research” series, we have compiled a list of over 50 journals and other organizations that publish plain-language summaries of scientific research.

  5. Plain-language summaries: How to write an eLife digest

    March 15, 2017

    The eLife Features team explain the process used to produce eLife digests, and share some advice to help authors write plain-language summaries of their research.

  6. Plain-language summaries: Results of the 2016 eLife digest reader survey

    March 15, 2017

    A survey of over 300 people reveals what our readers really think of eLife digests.

  7. Inside eLife: Resources for developers

    March 13, 2017

    eLife is an initiative that aims to help scientists accelerate discovery by operating a platform for research communication that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science. eLife, the online open-access journal for life sciences and biomedical research, was the first step in this mission. We invest heavily in software development so that the potential for improvements in the digital communication of new research can start to be realised. Our products are available open-source with permissive licensing to enable others to adopt, use and build on the work we do to...

  8. Inside eLife: What our editors value most – a message to colleagues

    March 08, 2017

    In a new series of videos, eLife editors encourage their colleagues to consider eLife for their best work. Working scientists across 12 different fields describe the impact of our review process, the opportunity for interdisciplinary research and their favourite recent papers.

  9. Inside eLife: We collect ORCIDs from authors of accepted papers at proofing

    March 07, 2017

    The open-access eLife journal is collecting ORCID iDs during its production process in addition to the peer-review stage. Contributing authors will now be required to provide their validated iDs at the proofing stage and gain access to their article proofs. Melissa Harrison, Head of Production Operations at eLife, shares more. Authenticating researchers’ ORCIDs can be a daunting task for scholarly publishers, particularly for works with multiple authors. Requesting iDs from the corresponding author is the logical first step, whether by offering ORCID as a sign-in or registration option, or by...

  10. Press package: Fruit flies halt reproduction during infection

    March 07, 2017

    A protective mechanism that allows fruit flies to lay fewer eggs in response to bacterial infection is explained in a study published in the journal eLife. The findings represent a case of ‘behavioural immunity’ in response to bacterial infection: in addition to triggering conventional antibacterial weaponry, fruit flies use nerve cell signalling pathways to reduce the impact of infection on their offspring and environment. It is widely known that all living organisms adapt their behaviour in response to infection, but the mechanisms behind this are less understood. Recent studies in fruit...