eLife, the open-access journal supported by three major research funders (elifesciences.org), has announced that it will start charging from 2017. Since its launch in 2012, the journal has had no charges, supported entirely by grants from the funders. The ‘publication fee’ will be $2500. The move is explained in an editorial in the journal, and follows the announcement in June 2016 of continuing investment by the founding organisations. The journal has also announced a partnership with Hypothes.is to create an annotation ‘layer’ for eLife.