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On Thursday 13th of February we hosted our very first Google Hangout on Air. eLife Editor-in-Chief, Randy Schekman, was joined by inventor Jack Andraka and eLife editor, Professor Jody Culham in an online conversation moderated by journalist Akshat Rathi. Each participant brought his or her own, unique, view of the world of scientific publishing. Jody pointed out that from a researcher’s perspective a lot of time and energy is often wasted in the publication process, ...continue reading.
At eLife, we’re always looking to improve how we disseminate scientific information and engage with the community. Our successful launch of the eLife journal (elife.elifesciences.org) just over a year ago included a number of innovations in online scholarly publishing, for example including all figures, including ‘supplementary figures’ on a main article page, including the decision letter within the article, (as well as, fundamentally, the review process itself). But when you’re launching a large, complex product ...continue reading.
Last Friday eLife Editor-in-Cheif, Randy Schekman participated in a live tweetchat with campaigner and bestselling author of Bad Pharma and Bad Science, Ben Goldacre. Ben kicked off the discussion with Randy’s Guardian article and then proposed that the structure of the academic system meant that some students and postdocs don’t feel able to embrace new and innovative publishing models. Randy agreed and suggested that this is an issue that needs to be addressed at the level of review committees and ...continue reading.
Since the Nobel Prize ceremony in December, eLife Editor-in-chief Randy Schekman has put some of the most important issues in scientific research under the spotlight, including research assessment and the pressure to publish. It’s high time that things began to change. Another individual who’s been pressing for change and openness in science is Ben Goldacre, campaigner and best-selling author of Bad Pharma and Bad Science. This Friday, Randy and Ben will speak together for the ...continue reading.
Last night, our Editor-in-chief Randy Schekman hosted a reddit IAMA (“Ask me anything”), inviting the world to talk with him just two days after he accepted the 2013 Nobel Prize, with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof. A big focus of the discussion were Randy’s comments from the Guardian earlier this week, in which he calls for scientists to end their dependency “luxury journals” like Cell, Nature, and Science, and on the journal impact factor as ...continue reading.
In his 1597 essay Meditationes Sacrae Sir Francis Bacon wrote “ipsa scientia potestas est” or to those of us who don’t speak Latin “knowledge itself is power”. The pool of scientific knowledge is certainly powerful; it is the means by which we can eliminate disease, build rockets that take us to the moon and (as it’s the festive season) light up our Christmas trees. Now, a new project conceived by medical students David Carroll and Joseph ...continue reading.
The research funder-sponsored initiative launches its first alternative technology for research consumption. In June, eLife Sciences presented a sneak peek of an innovative tool for reading and navigating research online: eLife Lens. Following strong positive feedback from the academic community, eLife has adopted Lens into its main journal site so that every article may be readily explored on this new platform. eLife Sciences is a unique collaboration between funders and practitioners of research designed to ...continue reading.
eLife is delighted to congratulate its Editor-in-Chief Randy Schekman on being awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He shares the prize with James Rothman and Thomas Südhof for their “discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”. A vesicle is a small structure surrounded by a membrane that moves molecules around in cells. Schekman – who is at the University of California at Berkeley – discovered a ...continue reading.
eLife, being online only, is not constrained by print layouts and page budgets in the same way that traditional print journals are. We do have layout constraints, but they are the constraints of the web. To make our articles easily readable across many of today’s (and tomorrow’s) myriad devices, we are in the process of adopting modern responsive design techniques for our website. In going through this process we’ve identified that some of our online ...continue reading.
We recently launched lens.elifesciences.org in order to get early feedback on our ideas. In this post the person who came up with the idea – Ivan Grubisic – explains a little bit of the back story. By Ivan Grubisic My motivation for developing Lens came from my general frustration of not being able to see the figures and references while, at the same time, reading scientific articles. As you know, PDF files require the reader ...continue reading.