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  1. Science Policy: Reforming research assessment

    Randy Schekman, Mark Patterson
    It is time for the research community to rethink how the outputs of scientific research are evaluated and, as the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment makes clear, this should involve replacing the journal impact factor with a broad range of more meaningful approaches.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Neuroscience
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    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The unlimited potential of the great pond snail, Lymnaea stagnalis

    István Fodor et al.
    The great pond snail is a multipurpose model organism and a contemporary choice for addressing a wide range of biological questions, problems and phenomena in the laboratory and the field.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
    2. Human Biology and Medicine

    Point of View: Bioengineering horizon scan 2020

    Luke Kemp et al.
    20 emerging issues in bioengineering that will have profound impacts on society have been identified.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Point of View: Hypothesis, analysis and synthesis, it's all Greek to me

    Ioannis Iliopoulos et al.
    Many scientific terms have been borrowed from ancient languages, but their modern usage often overlooks their etymology, as do many new terms coined by scientists.
  2. Living Science: Stepping down

    Eve Marder
    As Eve Marder stands down as a Deputy Editor of eLife, she reflects on the need for journals to change and respond to their environment.
  3. Point of View: Science, art, society and Klimt’s University of Vienna paintings

    Alberto E Pereda
    A set of paintings by Gustav Klimt highlights ongoing tensions in the relationships between art, science and society.
  4. Point of View: The future of graduate and postdoctoral training in the biosciences

    Peter Hitchcock et al.
    What can institutions and funding agencies do to address an array of issues facing the biomedical research community in the United States?
  5. Plain-language Summaries of Research: Something for everyone

    Sarah Shailes
    Journals and other scientific organizations produce a diverse variety of plain-language summaries.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health

    Research: What makes an eLife paper in epidemiology and global health?

    Mark Jit et al.
    The best papers provide evidence that can be used to make changes that improve the health and lives of people around the world.
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  6. Cutting Edge: A network approach to mixing delegates at meetings

    Federico Vaggi et al.
    A network-based ‘speed dating’ approach can promote interactions between delegates at scientific meetings.