In June 2018, eLife launched their trial of a new peer-review process, whereby the journal committed to publishing manuscripts deemed suitable for in-depth peer review. The first results of the trial have now been released, including data on time to first decision, gender and career stage, appeals, effects on the triage rate, and interest in the trial.
eLife reports the most concerning result to be that last authors who were late-career researchers were more successful in the initial peer review process than last authors earlier in their careers. The journal recognises that to ensure early-career and mid-career researchers are not disadvantaged, modifications will need to be made to the process. eLife is inviting feedback on the findings of the trial thus far.