Randy Schekman, the journal's editor-in-chief, said: "We see no reason to delay the availability of these discoveries. Our editors have identified them as important, inspiring contributions of the high calibre expected for 'eLife'. So, while the launch of our own journal website isn't expected until December, we will best serve our authors, and science, by just getting them out there."
The papers' content is varied, including innovative research about a range of biomedical and life science topics:
- a hormone involved in response to starvation that dramatically increases the lifespan of mice in which it is overexpressed (Zhang et al.)
- a critical signalling molecule involved in the interaction between a species of single-celled organisms and bacteria - an important advance in efforts to understand the evolution of multicellularity (Alegado et al.)
- the results of a two-year field trial that demonstrates how a specific group of chemicals released by plants in response to herbivore attack can increase the fitness of the plants in the Darwinian sense of increasing reproductive success (Schuman et al.)
- how cells cope with the stress of poorly folded proteins and, specifically, how fission yeast deploys the same cellular machinery as other organisms but in a very unusual way (Kimmig et al.).
Ahead of the final development and launch of the eLife website at the end of this year, the initiative will continue to publish accepted articles this autumn. This is to encourage the maximum possible reach of the content and influence subsequent discoveries immediately.
Links to the freely available full text for each article, plain-language summaries (the eLife digest), expert commentaries (Insights) and an editorial describing the motivations behind this move are all available on the eLife website.
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