Are scientific societies drifting into irrelevance?

Dramatic declines in the output of some society journals over the last five years has led to a shift of power in publishing, raising tough questions for scientific communities ”Peer-reviewed journals... and publications with latest info on techniques and trends in the field” are the most valued aspects of scientific societies according to a 2014 … Continue reading Are scientific societies drifting into irrelevance?

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Finding your niche: stories from 4 junior PIs

One of the trickiest, most important goals of a postdoctoral position is ‘finding your niche’. Where is this elusive creature to be found? I have been given many pieces of advice from group leaders in the past, ranging from ‘get trained in a cutting edge technique and apply it to a new situation’ to one … Continue reading Finding your niche: stories from 4 junior PIs

Interview with Scientist – Dr. Ying Zhang

Welcome to this week's eLife Ambassador interview with scientist series. We had a pleasure talking to Dr. Ying Zhang. Welcome Dr. Zhang and thank you for taking time to talk to us. Can you tell us something about yourself I obtained my bachelor degree in Life Sciences at Nanjing University in China, and then did … Continue reading Interview with Scientist – Dr. Ying Zhang

Interview with Scientist – Dr. Hank Cheng

Welcome back to the eLife Ambassador Interview with Scientist series. This week we had a pleasure to talk to Dr. Hank Cheng. Dr. Cheng is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Novartis studying neuro-immunology. Prior to his postdoc, he completed his B.A. at UC Berkeley (2010) and Ph.D. at the University of Southern California (2016) in molecular … Continue reading Interview with Scientist – Dr. Hank Cheng

Why a postdoc should not be like doing a second PhD

What is the aim of a postdoc? Conventional wisdom suggests is that is all about getting the papers necessary to obtain an independent group leader position, and with good reason, many supervisors will tell you to focus on churning out results. Taking this approach, it can be easy to slip into feeling a postdoc is … Continue reading Why a postdoc should not be like doing a second PhD

Interview with Scientist – Dr. Tom Leung

We welcome you all for this week's interview with scientist series. This week we had a pleasure of speaking to Dr. Tom Leung. Dr. Leung completed his MSc in Virology and PhD in Epigenetics at the University of Toronto. For his PhD thesis, he investigated the molecular mechanism of repressive genetic bookmarking during cellular division and … Continue reading Interview with Scientist – Dr. Tom Leung

Looking for ways to improve your manuscripts and peer reviews? This “science of science” reading list can help!

When reviewing papers or writing your own papers, it’s important to remember that the fact that something is standard practice for your field doesn’t mean that it’s the best way of doing things. Scientists, journals and funding agencies are increasingly recognizing the limitations of many existing practices and are implementing new policies to improve transparency, … Continue reading Looking for ways to improve your manuscripts and peer reviews? This “science of science” reading list can help!

Interview with Scientist – Dr. Vidita Vaidya

Welcome back to the interview with scientist series. Last week, we had the pleasure of talking to Dr. Dheeraj Roy. In this week's interview, we are glad to bring insights from Dr. Vidita Vaidya. Dr. Vaidya is a professor at the Department of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).  Her research group at TIFR is interested … Continue reading Interview with Scientist – Dr. Vidita Vaidya

Interview with Scientist

Welcome to the eLife Interview with scientist series. As an eLife ambassador, Dr. Chinmaya Sadangi has started a new initiative. The purpose of the interview series is to gather the thought from scientists about the current situation in science and what can we do to improve situations like publication and reproducibility.   We were very … Continue reading Interview with Scientist

Advocating for early career researchers

Brianne Kent, chair of the eLife Early Career Advisory Group, provides an update on progress supporting ECR development at eLife. From the very start, the eLife initiative has tried to build a platform and community that supports early career researchers (ECR). This commitment was outlined in one of the initial editorials (Schekman et al., 2013) and in … Continue reading Advocating for early career researchers