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Discipline Biomedicine, life sciences
Language English
Edited by Randy Schekman
Publication details
eLife Sciences Publications
Publication history
License CC-BY 3.0, CC-BY 4.0 and CC0
ISSN 2050-084X

eLife is a peer-reviewed open-access scientific journal for the biomedical and life sciences, It was launched at the end of 2012.[1] The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Max Planck Society, and Wellcome Trust established the journal 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 of eLife,[2] and in 2016 the organizations committed USD$26 million to continue publication of the journal.[3]

The editor-in-chief is Randy Schekman (University of California, Berkeley); deputy editors are Fiona Watt (King's College London), Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology) and Eve Marder (Brandeis University).[4][5] Editorial decisions are made largely by senior editors and members of eLife's board of reviewing editors; all of whom are active scientists working in fields ranging from human genetics and neuroscience to biophysics and epidemiology.[6]

Impact factor[edit]

eLife's 2015 impact factor is 8.303. The journal's impact factor for 2014 was 9.322, and its first impact factor, for 2013, was 8.519. However, eLife claims that it will not promote its impact factor.[7] In an interview, HHMI President Robert Tijan 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."[8]

Publication volume[edit]

The following shows the volume of articles published in eLife from 2012 through August 23, 2016:[9]

Article type 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 (through August 23)
no. no. Change from prev. year no. Change from prev. year no. Change from prev. year no. Change from prev. year
Article 43 345 802% 483 140% 735 152% 613 -16%
Note 1 24 2400% 32 133% 15 47% 8 -46%
Erratum 11 18 164% 24 133% 17 -29%
Editorial 2 4 200% 3 75% 2 67%
Letter 6
Review 1 1 -

eLife Podcast[edit]

The eLife Podcast is produced by BBC Radio presenter and Cambridge University consultant virologist Dr Chris Smith, who also leads and founded the popular science radio programme, website and podcast The Naked Scientists.

eLife digests[edit]

All 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, eLife has been sharing a selection of the digests on the blog publishing platform Medium.[10] As of July 2015, more than 100 eLife digests have been shared on Medium.[11]

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