eLife is a peer-reviewed open access journal for the life sciences. It started as a collaborative effort by the three institutes:
- Howard Hughes Medical Institute, MD, United States
- Max Planck Society, Munich, Germany
- Wellcome Trust, London, United Kingdom
at the end of 2012. Their administrative office is located in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
The eLife website gives the viewers a list of reasons for choosing it, they are:
- Speed: The initial decision is made within a few days of submitting the paper for review and the final decision is made in about a month.
- Review: There is only a single round of review process after which the reviewers give the authors a fair and constructive review. If the paper gets published then the reviews are also published along with the paper.
- Research Assessment: The papers that get published will have indicators that describe the reach and influence of the paper. The journal also makes a point that it does not promote the use of a single number that describes the journal
eLife Sciences Publications, Ltd is a non-profit, for about four years the journal did not charge the authors for publishing in the journal and starting January 1, 2017, it charges the authors a nominal fee to publish their research. For the readers, the journal is completely free to read as soon as the paper gets published.