eLife has been praised by the Dutch State Secretary, Sander Dekker. In a speech given today the Minister of Education, Culture and Science said;
"Open access is inevitableIt is therefore hardly surprising that there are all kinds of different initiatives being pursued worldwide to enable easy access to scientific knowledge. Researchers are establishing their own repositories. Take for example Nobel Prize winner Randy Shekman who only recently set up the online journal eLife. He said he was tired of the paywall system of the major journals and their lack of innovation. I am even more impressed by the Open Access Button, a genuinely grass-roots initiative developed by two students. With just a touch of a button, you can discover the location of freely accessible articles published behind journal paywalls."