Invitation: Learn more about eLife, the funder-researcher collaboration for the best in science

eLife is holding an online Open House to share news on the development of its anticipated open-access journal for the very best in life science and biomedical research. Join us.

eLife is the new researcher-driven initiative to reshape science communication launched in collaboration by three prestigious biomedical research funders: the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (USA), Max Planck Society (Germany), and the Wellcome Trust (UK). Announced in June 2011, the first aim of the initiative is to launch an open-access journal for the most important advances in the life sciences and biomedicine. TheeLifejournal will showcase papers identified through a new rapid, fair, and constructive review process, and serve as a platform for innovation in the presentation and use of research content.

While eLife presses toward launch of the journal by the end of 2012, interest in how this unique funder-researcher collaboration could change science and scientific publishing grows. Media coverage has been extensive and has included detailed stories on one ofeLife’s first accepted papers – just weeks after we opened for submissions.

On September 12, please join us for an online Open House to learn more about what the initiative aims to do, the scope of the journal, how the review process is different, the papers that have been accepted, the status of launch, and more. eLife Editor-in-chief Randy Schekman – Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California (Berkeley), and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute – will host. Scientists, students, potential reviewers, members of the eLife community, librarians, research funders, publishers, open-access advocates – all – are welcome.

The eLife online Open House will be held:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

9:00 – 10:00AM U.S. Pacific time

(12:00 – 1:00PM U.S. Eastern | 5:00 – 6:00PM UK)

To determine the time in another world region, visit

Please register to attend by September 10 at (Phone and Web access will be required to participate).

To share your questions in advance, post a comment to this page, Tweet #eLifeopen, or email

To learn more about eLife and the growing momentum behind the initiative, visit


About eLife

eLife is a unique collaboration between the funders and practitioners of research to communicate ground-breaking discoveries in the life and biomedical sciences in the most effective way. Set for launch in late 2012, theeLifejournal will be a platform for maximising the reach and influence of new discoveries and to showcase new approaches to the presentation, use, and assessment of research. As an open-access journal,eLifewill deliver access to content for free, online, immediately on publication, and will encourage maximum possible reach and utility of the content by publishing under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which is emerging as the gold standard for open-access publishing. Learn more at