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eLife is a peer-reviewed open access scientific journal for the biomedical and life sciences. It was established at the end of 2012 by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and Wellcome Trust, following a workshop held in 2010 at the Janelia Farm Research Campus. Together, these organizations provided the initial funding to support the business and publishing operations.[1] In 2016, the organizations committed USD$26 million to continue publication of the journal.[2]

eLife  
ELife logo.png
DisciplineBiomedicine, life sciences
LanguageEnglish
Edited byMichael Eisen
Publication details
History2012–present
Publisher
eLife Sciences Publications
FrequencyContinuous
Yes
LicenseCC-BY 3.0, CC-BY 4.0, and CC0
7.616 (2017)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4eLife
Indexing
CODENELIFA8
ISSN2050-084X
OCLC no.813236730
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The current editor-in-chief is Michael Eisen (University of California, Berkeley), succeeding Randy Schekman who stepped down in January 2019.[3][4] Editorial decisions are made largely by senior editors and members of the board of reviewing editors, all of whom are active scientists working in fields ranging from human genetics and neuroscience to biophysics and epidemiology.[5]

Business modelEdit

In September 2016, the journal announced that starting on 1 January 2017, it would introduce article processing charges of USD$2,500 for papers accepted for publication.[6]

Abstracting and indexingEdit

The journal is abstracted and indexed in Medline, BIOSIS Previews,[7] Chemical Abstracts Service,[8] Science Citation Index Expanded,[7] and Scopus.[9] According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 7.725[10] (compared to 8.52 in 2013, 9.32 in 2014, 8.28 in 2015). The journal claims that it will not promote its impact factor.[11] In an interview, Howard Hughes Medical Institute then President Robert Tjian reflected on eLife and noted, "The other big thing is, we want to kill the journal impact factor. We tried to prevent people who do the impact factors from giving us one. They gave us one anyway a year earlier than they should have. Don't ask me what it is because I truly don't want to know and don't care."[12]

eLife PodcastEdit

The eLife Podcast is produced by BBC Radio presenter and University of Cambridge consultant virologist Chris Smith of The Naked Scientists.

eLife digestsEdit

Most research articles published in the journal include an "eLife digest", a non-technical summary of the research findings aimed at a lay audience. Since December 2014, the journal has been sharing a selection of the digests on the blog publishing platform Medium.[13]

Trying innovative rules of reviewEdit

During peer review process, eLife encourages the reviewers to discuss a manuscript and agree on a common recommendation. In June 2018, eLife announced that it would try innovative peer review model (for some 300 submissions) where the editorial decision to send a manuscript out for review is tantamount to offering publication to that manuscript, thereby putting the authors in control of publication [14] after editorial screening has been passed.

Other partnersEdit

In April 2017, eLife was one of the founding partners in the Initiative for Open Citations.[15]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Matt McGrath (10 April 2012), Trust pushes for open access to research, BBC
  2. ^ Callaway, Ewen (2016-06-02). "Open-access journal eLife gets £25-million boost". Nature. 534 (7605): 14–15. Bibcode:2016Natur.534...14C. doi:10.1038/534014a. PMID 27251251.
  3. ^ "eLife welcomes Michael Eisen as Editor-in-Chief". eLife. 2019-03-05. Retrieved 2019-03-05.
  4. ^ Freya Boardman-Pretty (5 November 2011), "Open-access science journal leaves editing to the experts", Times Higher Education
  5. ^ Communicating the latest advances in life science and biomedicine, eLife, retrieved 6 October 2015
  6. ^ "Inside eLife: Setting a fee for publication". 2016-09-29. Retrieved 2016-09-29.
  7. ^ a b "Master Journal List". Intellectual Property & Science. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  8. ^ "CAS Source Index". Chemical Abstracts Service. American Chemical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  9. ^ "Content overview". Scopus. Elsevier. Retrieved 2016-10-10.
  10. ^ "eLife". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Thomson Reuters. 2016.
  11. ^ Communicating the latest advances in life science and biomedicine, eLife, retrieved 26 October 2015
  12. ^ "Q&A: Outgoing HHMI chief reflects on leading $19 billion biomedical charity". 2015-08-07.
  13. ^ eLife is now on Medium, 2014-12-18, retrieved 2 March 2015
  14. ^ Patterson, M.; Schekman, R. (2018). "Scientific Publishing: A new twist on peer review". eLife. 7. doi:10.7554/eLife.36545. PMC 6019064. PMID 29944117.
  15. ^ "Press". Initiative for Open Citations. 6 April 2017. Retrieved 6 April 2017.

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