eLife head Michael Eisen and his colleagues, [announcing its 'publish, then review' model](https://elifesciences.org/articles/64910):

> The growing popularity of preprints has enabled researchers to make their papers freely and immediately available to anyone with an internet connection. Many eLife authors were early adopters of preprinting, and support within our community continues to expand: a recent internal analysis showed that nearly 70% of papers under review at eLife were already available on bioRxiv, medRxiv or arXiv.

Eisen et al—in an [eLife article](https://elifesciences.org/articles/64910), fittingly—conclude that the life sciences nonprofit, for all practical purposes, is "no longer a publisher." eLife, they explain with a shade of cheek, has evolved into an "organization that reviews and certifies papers that have already been published."

The [paper](https://elifesciences.org/articles/64910) announces a major strategic shift, one that is plainly meant to serve as a model for the rest of the industry. eLife says it will henceforth review only already-posted preprints, with the aim to manage the (public) peer review. The whole idea is "publication as curation," very much in keeping with the idea of the [overlay journal](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overlay_journal) and the call for ["next generation repositories"](https://repositorium.sdum.uminho.pt/handle/1822/55027).

eLife's [long-term goal](https://elifesciences.org/articles/64910)—a good one—is to kill the 350-year journal format itself.