In our ongoing quest to learn more about open access publishing, this week we’ve been chatting to Mark Patterson, Executive Director of open access journal eLife, about the challenges and opportunities in launching a completely new journal.
Mark, tell us a little about eLife?
eLife is a collaborative partnership between funding bodies and researchers aimed at finding the most effective way to communicate influential discoveries in the life and biomedical sciences. Out of this the eLife journal was born in 2012, and we set out to ensure it became known for extremely high quality research as well as for being open access.
What were the drivers behind creating the eLife journal?
The motivations behind eLife are threefold. The first was around open access, where we’ve seen a lot of progress over the last ten years or so, but there is clearly a lot still to be done.