By Randy Schekman -
In June 2011, three of the most prestigious research funding bodies in the world came together in a collaboration to inspire change in the communication of scientific discoveries. The first product of this collaboration is an open-access journal for the most influential research in life science and biomedicine, which will be a platform for increasing the quality of peer review and showing how technology can be used to enhance the presentation of scientific results: eLife.
Over the past year and a half, we’ve introduced the eLife logo, website, and the 200-strong editorial board, we announced the call for papers, and we published our first articles.
This week marks the culmination of eLife’s first phase, with the launch of the fully functional eLife journal website.
Now is a great time to come and take a look at eLife, see what you think of the science, and what you think of the way the science is being presented.
On the journal website, you can:
- Read important papers across life science and biomedicine, read comments and commentary by experts and colleagues, and get a sense of the kind of work that eLife is publishing. The senior editors have shared their views on the value of some of the papers they’ve evaluated and selected in comments you’ll encounter throughout the site. I’ve offered some highlights at http://www.elifesciences.org/great-science-is-at-the-heart.
- Find out how we’re planning to take advantage of digital media. The presentation of content is clean and distraction-free, inviting authors to tell their stories in full and readers to delve deeply into the research. Scrutinize figures and their supplements, tables, and video in line with the article text; download data sets; view article-level metrics; and more. I’ve included some links below.
And this is just a starting point. Think of the eLife journal website as a continually evolving platform for introducing and disseminating research. Let us know what enhancements you’d like to see next.
Judge for yourself at http://elife.elifesciences.org and consider whether you’d like to publish your best papers in a journal like no other.
We’ll look forward to your feedback.
Dept. of Mol. and Cell Biology
Li Ka Shing Center
Berkeley, CA 94720-3370
- See how we display figures and supplements: http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/1/e00013#F4
- Watch videos in line with the article text: http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/1/e00007#media-1
- Read the editors’ decision letter and author response: http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/1/e00013#decision-letter
- Download data sets: http://elife.elifesciences.org/content/1/e00049#F2