Feature Articles

eLife Feature Articles allow authors to discuss research culture, science policy and funding, careers in science and a variety of other topics related to science and research. Feature Articles can also report original findings in meta-research.

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  1. A cartoonish human figure sitting on the outline of a brain on a light brown background with a bright white spark. Vicky Bowskill (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

    Being Neurodivergent in Academia: How to navigate fieldwork

    Hella Péter
    A PhD student recounts what she has learned from managing her ADHD between the office and the rainforest.
  2. Meta-Research: The changing career paths of PhDs and postdocs trained at EMBL

    Junyan Lu, Britta Velten ... Rachel Coulthard-Graf
    An analysis of the career and publication outcomes for 2284 early career researchers trained at EMBL provides insights into the evolving career landscape for life scientists.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Medicine

    Science Forum: Best practices to promote rigor and reproducibility in the era of sex-inclusive research

    Janet W Rich-Edwards, Donna L Maney
    Guidelines are presented to help researchers comply with sex-inclusive research mandates while upholding high standards of rigor.
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    Being Neurodivergent in Academia: Nothing wrong with me

    Simone Brixius-Anderko
    An assistant professor and group leader explains how being diagnosed with autism in her early 40s changed her approach to being a scientist.
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    Being Neurodivergent in Academia: The meaning of self-acceptance

    Uyen Vo
    A research technician describes how receiving an ADHD diagnosis allowed her to re-examine how she sees herself and her work.
  5. A black and white line-drawing of a gloved hand holds a spark over a mid-blue background. Adapted from work by Marzia Munafò.

    Career: Don’t face writer’s block alone

    Bruna Martins Garcia
    Creating a writing club allowed a Brazilian PhD student to confront her fears, improve her English and, ultimately, change the way she sees research.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: Amphioxus as a model to study the evolution of development in chordates

    Salvatore D'Aniello, Stephanie Bertrand, Hector Escriva
    Interest in the ecology, biology and evolution of amphioxus is growing, and the availability of several species is helping to improve our understanding of chordate evolution.
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    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Why I cannot return home yet

    Mariano A Molina
    Studying abroad helped a Panamanian student to accept who he is, but it meant him letting go of his dream.
  7. A black and white line-drawing of a gloved hand holds a bright yellow spark

    Being a Scientist: In the name of perseverance

    Tanya Espino-Sanchez
    Between honoring her immigrant family and making her children proud, a first-generation PhD student fights for her place in academia.
  8. Meta-Research: The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the gender gap in research productivity within academia

    Kiran GL Lee, Adele Mennerat ... Antica Culina
    A systematic review and meta-analysis of 55 articles about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on researchers confirms that the pandemic increased the gender gap in research productivity.