eLife News

eLife News

  1. 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

  2. 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...

  3. 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.

  4. Inside eLife: Quarterly data on how long it takes to get a decision and be published with eLife

    December 08, 2016

    A new Journal Metrics section in eLife’s author guide provides authors with more information on our processing times. Transparency is an important part of our review process: the reviewers discuss their independent reviews openly with one another to inform decisions after peer review, we publish the most substantive comments from the decision letter after review and the authors’ responses, and we publish the reviewer names where they agree. We are now pleased to be able to provide authors and readers with more information about our submission volumes and processing times

  5. Webinar report: How to get an independent position

    December 07, 2016

    November’s #ECRwednesday webinar asked three early-career scientists to share their experiences of applying for their first independent positions. You can watch the full webinar here : Moderator: Melissa Gymrek, Assistant Professor at University of California, San Diego and member of the eLife early-career advisory group Speakers: Megan Carey, Group Leader and HHMI International Early Career Scientist, Champalimaud Neuroscience Program, Lisbon; Gunther Hollopeter, Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and Emmy Verschuren, FIMM-EMBL...

  6. Press package: Ants communicate by mouth-to-mouth fluid exchange

    November 29, 2016

    Liquids shared mouth-to-mouth by social insects contain proteins and small molecules that can influence the development and organisation of their colonies, according to new findings published in eLife. The study from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, suggests Florida carpenter ants can collectively influence their communities by shifting the cocktail of proteins, hormones and other small molecules that they pass mouth-to-mouth to one another and their young through a process called trophallaxis. “Food is passed to every adult and developing ant by trophallaxis. This creates a network...

  7. Press package: Protein and salt drive post-meal sleepiness

    November 22, 2016

    Sleepiness after a large meal is something we all experience, and new research with fruit flies suggests higher protein and salt content in our food, as well as the volume consumed, can lead to longer naps. Writing in the journal eLife, scientists from The Scripps Research Institute, US, have for the first time found a way to study ‘food comas’ in the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and explained some of the causes behind this phenomenon. They created a system that can measure both the sleep and feeding behaviors of individual fruit flies and discovered that, in much the same way as humans...

  8. Job vacancy: Editorial Community Manager

    November 22, 2016

    eLife is looking for an Editorial Community Manager. Reporting to the Head of External Relations, the successful candidate will have primary responsibility as a facilitator and as a champion of the worldwide community of scientists who are engaged with eLife. With a background in scientific research, the Editorial Community Manager will have a good appreciation of the interests and needs of scientists, especially early in their careers. Specific Responsibilities Working with eLife editors to gather feedback and generate ideas about content, policies and initiatives, and take new efforts...

  9. Press package: New protein provides critical link between aging and age-dependent disease

    November 15, 2016

    The discovery of a novel protein that links aging and age-dependent retinal diseases could lead to potential new treatments for conditions that cause sight loss in later life. In a study in mice, to be published in the journal eLife, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison reveal that Transmembrane 135 ( Tmem135 ) regulates retinal aging, and that mutations in the protein result in age-dependent disease. Tmem135 has previously been associated with fat storage and long life in the roundworm Caenorhabditis elegans , but its molecular function has never been characterized clearly...

  10. Press package: Scientists ‘plug in’ to circuitry behind sex in male fruit flies

    November 15, 2016

    Researchers from the University of Oxford have identified a small neural circuit in male fruit flies that has evolved to allow them to perform the complex mating ritual. The findings pave the way for deeper, circuit-level studies into sexual behavior and how it can be modified by social experience. 
 “Male fruit flies court females with a series of ‘hard-wired’ or genetically programmed behaviours, and failure during any part of the process may prevent reproduction,” says senior author and Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Stephen Goodwin, from the Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour...