Bold ideas and critical thoughts on science.


We cordially welcome everybody to drop us a line if he or she has an idea for a contribution to this blog or for a possible collaboration. If you have spotted an elephant, you can tell us or write according to our formats.

The elephant quality promise

We want Elephant in the Lab to be a safe space to test out bold ideas and critical thoughts in a supportive environment. This is why we want to give our authors the best possible publishing experience. This means that for each article (Opinion Piece, Short Analysis) we offer friendly feedback from one of our editors. For each article by non-English speakers, we also try to organize proof reading by a native speaker. Each article will be formatted in our beautiful Elephant in the Lab design and will receive a DOI. We use our channels to bring your thoughts into the world. Your ideas are our mission.

Our formats

Short Analysis

… is a research article that features insights about research and research policy. The key finding should be presented in a short and concise manner.


… if you published something somewhere else and now think it might fit here as well: Let us know. Crosspost are welcome and we make them citable



… is a Q&A with innovative and critical thinkers on science, science policy, and ethics.


… is an opinionated post that reflects on a meta-science topic. Opinion pieces should offer recommendations.

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