In January 2023, eLife changed its model of publishing. The main point: "There is no accept/reject decision after peer review: rather, every article we review is published on the eLife website as a Reviewed Preprint that includes an eLife assessment, public reviews, and a response from the authors (if available)."

eLife is a very good journal, but I am not sure if I should publish with it now. People may consider it just another preprint server, and may not take papers there seriously. Also, the impact factor of the journal may decline quickly. (Yes, I am aware that IF has its flaws, but still a widely used indicator to judge a paper quickly.)

What are the ramifications of eLife's new publication policy?

  • This is too broad. Please define what you want to achieve by publishing in eLife and we might be able to answer whether those goals are affected by the change in publication model. Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 17:19
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    @user2705196 -- I think this may be usefully framed as a "what are the ramifications of eLife's new publication policy" question. Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 18:00
  • @LenLab is there a prereview for suitability, or do they publish every paper they receive?? Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 20:28
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    @ScottSeidman they still select manuscripts before sending them to reviewers, like other publishers.
    – Len Lab
    Commented Mar 1, 2023 at 21:32
  • Welcome to the wonderful world of peer review, where everyone knows something is wrong, but whenever someone attempts to modify the process, there is a backlash from someone else ...
    – Allure
    Commented Mar 2, 2023 at 4:25


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