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Our rate of publishing almost doubled during 2015, reaching around 90 articles per month by the end of the year, and reflecting another strong year of growth in submissions. The significant and fascinating science published in 2015 covered the effects of moonlight on the reproductive biology of coral, the sensation of pain in human infants, the use of molecular tweezers in HIV control, and a project in drug discovery using a citizen science approach. However, there is still far too much important work being published behind subscription barriers, and our goal is to invest further in eLife to enable more scientists to benefit from the efficient and rigorous eLife process and present their best work openly to the world.
Besides the progress at the journal, in 2015 there has also been a great deal of work at eLife on technology and innovation. Just announced was the release of the open-source Continuum publication platform, the culmination of a year-long project which has enabled eLife to take complete control of our journal website. In 2015, we continued to collaborate with developers from Substance and helped to introduce Lens Writer. We also initiated a collaboration with Publons to help give researchers credit for their peer-review contributions. Later this year, users will benefit from a radical redesign of the entire website which has been developed by the eLife product and design team. This work reflects an important part of the eLife strategy: to research and develop new tools and methods in support of open science, and to make our findings and resources available openly so that others can benefit.
833 research papers were published; total expenses were £3,856,000 ($5,180,000)