Research funders renew commitment to transforming science publishing

Our announcement that eLife's three founders are extending their funding of the initiative generated coverage in Nature, Times Higher Education and more.
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eLife announced in June that its three founders, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust are extending their support for the non-profit initiative. The significant new investment affirms eLife successes to date and will boost the organisation’s ambition to help scientists accelerate discovery.

eLife aims to make the communication of results more beneficial for the scientific community as a whole, by operating a platform for presenting research that encourages and recognises the most responsible behaviours in science.

The high-profile, open-access eLife journal was the first, essential step in this initiative. It’s now home to over 1,700 original research articles spanning the life sciences and biomedicine and is a venue for experimenting with new approaches to presenting results of scientific research.

eLife’s Editor-in-Chief Randy Schekman expressed his delight at having the founders recommit their support. He says: “Our relationship with these prestigious organisations has helped put eLife on the map, and the hard work of leading scientists worldwide has made us a success. The fact that these three organisations have decided to invest in us again is an affirmation that changing how high-profile journals operate remains a critical challenge, as does speeding up how important results are made available. These are challenges that we are prepared to take on.”

Examples of media coverage featuring eLife’s announcement include: