eLife News

eLife News

  1. Composing reproducible manuscripts using R Markdown

    April 05, 2017

    The technology is available for researchers to create a reproducible manuscript whereby calculations and graphs are generated computationally – thereby saving researcher time and avoiding human error. We are exploring ways to support life and biomedical scientists who wish to communicate their research in this way. In this post, Chris Hartgerink, a metascience researcher at Tilburg University, the Netherlands, describes how he composes a reproducible manuscript using R Markdown. If you would be interested in submitting your manuscript to eLife in R Markdown, or a similar format, please let us...

  2. 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...

  3. Webinar report: Advice for new faculty

    April 04, 2017

    In the second #ECRWednesday webinar of 2017, speakers discussed how to handle the challenges involved in setting up your first laboratory. You can watch the full webinar here : Moderator: Babak Momeni, Assistant Professor, Boston College and member of the eLife early-career advisory group. Speakers: Lilach Sheiner, Royal Society of Edinburgh Personal Research Fellow, Wellcome Centre for Molecular Parasitology, University of Glasgow; Scott Dixon, Assistant Professor, Stanford University; Christopher Hammell, Associate Professor, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. **** Becoming a group leader comes...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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...

  10. 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.