When eLife debuted in December 2012, it was viewed as a new journal that didn't fit into the tried-and-true realm of scholarly communication. The eLife Initiative, which is backed by major research funders including Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society, and the Wellcome Trust, focuses on advances in life science and biomedicine. In March 2013, eLife became a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, an association devoted to the interests of open access publishing, and eLife has expressed an interest in advancing the association's goals to produce best practices and innovation in OA publishing.
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