Life as eLife Ambassador: promoting active change in science

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Life as eLife Ambassador: promoting active change in science

eLife Ambassadors join forces to accelerate the transition to an open, collaborative and reproducible science

The life of a scientist is complicated. We need to face numerous challenges in our daily work. During informal talks, some of these problems may emerge, but the actions to promote an effective change dilute. Many of us believe that we need to move towards a new paradigm and promote responsible behaviour in science. However, the way to accelerate transition to an open, collaborative and reproducible science is missing.

With this vision, we decided to apply to be part of the eLife Community Ambassadors , a program initiated in 2018 by the journal eLife  that aims to create and disseminate solutions that accelerate positive changes within academia. Since April 2019, we are part of the 243 worldwide volunteers  joining forces to make a progressive change in life sciences.

To be part of this Community means to work together on different initiatives and categories based on shared interests. One of the very interesting results last year, still ongoing, is the creation of ECRcentral , that aims to bring early career researchers together to discuss funding opportunities by making a curated database of funding resources. Here, we would like to share some of these initiatives that we are particularly interested in:

1. Intersectionality: to promote diversity and inclusion within science in many social categorizations such as race, class, and gender.

2. Mentoring: to assess the state of Mentoring & Leadership in research environments and build concrete resources as solutions. For instance, two new documents are under construction: 1. "Tips for mentees in their mentee-mentor interactions" and 2." How to write a deserving recommendation letter for your mentee."

3. Peer-review of the future: to formally involve young researchers in the peer-review of scientific articles (instead of ghost-reviewing).

4. Environmental sustainability: to encourage scientists to act in a more environmentally sustainable manner as they do science. For example, creating awareness of which is the impact of plastic consumables.

5. Statistical literacy: to gather information about how much is needed to learn basic statistics for life science researchers. Among the future actions is preparing guides or webinars to simplify this learning.

We believe that "excellent science is only possible in the context of excellent scientific ideas and responsible behaviour". For any questions and initiatives, contact us!

We #eLifeAmbassadors are looking forward to making the change for real!


Patricia Resa-Infante and Julia G Prado

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