The eLife Sciences 2015 Annual Report

The centre of the stage at eLife in 2015 was occupied by a new human ancestor 'Homo naledi' discovered by scientists in an extraordinary find in South Africa and published in eLife in two stunning papers in September. That these scientists chose to publish such ground-breaking findings in eLife is testament both to the journal's growing significance, and to the steady cultural shift towards greater transparency and collaboration in science, which lie at the heart of eLife's mission.