eLife News

eLife News

  1. Coverage from BBC World Service

    April 10, 2012

    One of the world's largest funders of scientific research is about to launch an online journal as a direct challenge to established academic journals in which peer-reviewed research usually appears. Hear the full story at 44:00.

  2. Wellcome Trust joins 'academic spring' to open up science (The Guardian)

    April 09, 2012

    "One of the world's largest funders of science is to throw its weight behind a growing campaign to break the stranglehold of academic journals and allow all research papers to be shared online. "Nearly 9,000 researchers have already signed up to a boycott of journals that restrict free sharing as part of a campaign dubbed the " academic spring " by supporters due to its potential for revolutionising the spread of knowledge. "But the intervention of the Wellcome Trust, the largest non-governmental funder of medical research after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is likely to galvanise...

  3. Welcome to eLife

    April 03, 2012

    Dear colleagues, Welcome to the online home of eLife, the new researcher-driven collaborative for the very best in science and science communication. Over the past year, you’ve no doubt heard that the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and Wellcome Trust will launch an open-access journal into the top tier of life science and biomedical publishing. With this site, we are pleased to share several more details about what we aim to do, beyond the fact that we have the support of these prestigious research funders. First, who are “we?” The founding organizations have established...

  4. An Open Letter to Academic Publishers About Open Access

    April 01, 2012

    From the Chronicle of Higher Education . By Jennifer Howard Dear publishers, Boycotts, public disagreements, stalled antipiracy and anti-public-access bills: It's been an interesting time for you lately. Are you nervous? Some of you should be. Not because your business models are on the verge of collapse—commercial academic publishers are unlikely to suffer a mass extinction soon—but because of how researchers themselves are changing. One scholar described it to me as an Academic Spring, a sense of revolution in the air... Now some of the most prominent supporters of medical and scientific...

  5. Any questions?

    March 23, 2012

    With eLife, our goal is to take a collaborative approach to research communication, involving the research community, funders, institutes, publishers and all with an interest in this critical activity. eLife Labs is our space to share and discuss goals, new developments, experiments, and challenges. We’ll open discussion on key topics shortly. In the meantime, feel free to use this space to post any questions you have about the initiative and the journal, and we’ll do our best to answer them.

  6. Is the Open Science Revolution For Real?

    February 03, 2012

    From Wired Science . The researcher rebellion against the closed research-and-publishing system, tallied most explicitly in a petition boycotting publisher Elsevier , continues to expand. (The Economist covers it here , and I covered the complaints last year in a feature .) The big question, of course, is whether this noisy riot will engender something like a real revolution. Will it replace the old regime with a new? Read more at http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/02/is-the-open-science-revolution-for-real/

  7. New Open Access Journal Gets Name and Editorial Team (Howard Hughes Medical Institute)

    February 01, 2012

    The research journal will be called “eLIFE,” reflecting its coverage of a full range of life and biomedical sciences. HHMI, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust are a step closer to launching a top-tier journal with the recent announcement of the publication’s editorial team and name. The open-access research journal will be called “eLife,” reflecting its coverage of a full range of life and biomedical sciences, from the most fundamental science to translational, applied, and clinical research. eLife will aim to develop an unparalleled editorial service for authors, designed and run...

  8. Catalysts for Communication, Q&A: Schekman on New Open Access Journal

    December 31, 2011

    From the HHMI 2011 Annual Report . In July, HHMI investigator Randy W. Schekman was named editor-in-chief of a new open access journal announced this year by HHMI, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust. A distinguished cell biologist and the 14th editor of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Schekman is now recruiting active scientists to serve at the heart of the new journal’s editorial operations. The first issue is expected to publish in 2012. Read more at http://www.hhmi.org/annualreport2011/year-in-science/randy-schekman-on-new-open-access-journal.html

  9. The well-behaved journal

    December 04, 2011

    Science is running a poll titled “The Well-Behaved Scientist” this week that asks “how should we promote publication of data that can be replicated and reproduced?” Of the ideas on their list — more funding from funding agencies, more rewards from institutions — conspicuous in its absence is the rather fundamental idea that the purpose of scientific journals, including Science , is to publish reproducible research. Read more on the Cryptogenomicon blog at http://selab.janelia.org/people/eddys/blog/?p=578#more-578

  10. New Journal for Biology Researchers (The Scientist)

    December 01, 2011

    By Edyta Zielinska - Scientists unhappy with the power of editors at top tier journals start a new peer-reviewed publication with active researchers at the helm. Will eLife be the new Science or Nature ? Randy Schekman, a researcher at the University of California and former editor of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences hopes so. He is launching the new open access journal next year, which will be run strictly by active researchers in an attempt to address some of the complaints about scientific publishing. Although there are many specialist journals headed by scientists, the top...