There's a new Open Access Sheriff in Town. "eLife" is the name, partner. The other day "eLife" was presented at an Open House right here at Hopkins. Their aims are succinctly spelled out, along with their origins and initiatives. eLife is positioned to be more than an OA Journal, specifically they aspire to create a collaborative community between funders and practitioners.
Sue Woodson, head of Digital Library Services at Welch offered a few choice observations: "They aim to be a high prestige player in the field of science publishing – eLife is designed to overcome not only the high cost of subscribing but also eliminating some aspects of journal publishing that scientists don’t like."
Rob Wright, Welch Basic Science Informationist, contributed some "eLife Impressions". (from our Welch YouTube channel, which BTW---if you haven't visited shame on you). Rob's impressions include some of the frustrations authors face when dealing with publishing companies. Otherwise known as just another case of "the man" trying to bring you down. The great news for potential authors is that eLife will have NO AUTHOR CHARGES, will reduce the time from submission to acceptance and have only a single set of revision instructions.
eLife is supported by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust.
If you know more about eLife and would like to share your thoughts and opinions, feel free to pass them along, and we will.