eLife celebrates its first full year in publishing with the release of its 2013 Annual Report. The report emphasises eLife's achievements from last year and points towards how the unique initiative will continue to expand on successes in technology innovation and challenge the status quo.
A foundation for change: eLife reports on progress in 2013
In 2013, eLife made clear its intentions to address some of the critical issues facing science today. In a year that saw Editor-in-chief Randy Schekman share the Nobel Prize, eLife made significant progress in a number of areas:
Introducing eLife Lens, an innovative article-viewing platform
Challenging the incentive system, as co-author of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and via Randy Schekman’s call for scientists to end their dependency on high-profile journals and the Impact Factor
Transforming peer review, resulting in a mean time from submission to acceptance of around 90 days, and delivering clear and constructive feedback to authors
Publishing great science: eLife published some of the most promising advances in biomedical and life sciences in 2013 – from the development of pioneering methods for editing the human genome by Jinek et al. to Scialdone et al.’s discovery that plants can ‘do maths’.
2013 was an important stepping stone in eLife's journey to transform the way scientists communicate their research. Looking ahead, in his letter as Chair of the eLife Sciences Board of Directors, Toby Coppel, stated "eLife plans to go beyond the publication of static research articles and aims to become a dynamic platform to allow scientists to build their research stories online..."
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