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Revised European Code of Conduct for Research Integrity Calls for Publication of Negative Results

[From the article “Stop binning negative results, researchers told” at www.timeshighereducation.com] “A new Europe-wide code of research conduct has ordered academics and journals to treat negative experimental results as being equally worthy of publication as positive ones. … The new European Code…

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MENCLOVA: Is it Time for a Journal of Insignificant Results?

It is well known that there is a bias towards publication of statistically significant results. In fact, we have known this for at least 25 years since the publication of De Long and Lang (JPE 1992): “Economics articles are sprinkled…

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IN THE NEWS: CBC News (November 24, 2016)

[From the article “We’ve Been Deceived: Many Clinical Trial Results Are Never Published”] It is now common practice for clinical trials to register their protocols prior to enrolling participants.  These efforts are important if the research community is to have…

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The Rise of Negative Results

This article from Chemical & Engineering News discusses publication bias and ways to fix it that will sound familiar to readers of TRN.  Of particular interest is the need to make space in the literature for negative results:  “The open access movement has…

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On the Reproducibility Crisis in….Microbiology?

From obscure to ubiquitous, the reproducibility crisis is now headline news everywhere.  In a blog by American Society of Microbiology (ASM) CEO Stefano Bertuzzi entitled, “ASM Addresses the Reproducibility Crisis in New Academy Report”, 6 areas were highlighted for “restoring rigor…

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The Solution to Where to Publish Insignificant Results: Author-Pay, Open Access Journals?

While everybody recognizes the problem, there seems to be little consensus about a solution.  The problem is: Where to publish insignificant research results?  Journals are understandably loathe to publish studies that do not report statistically significant findings.  But when all,…

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A Call for a Journal of Insignificant Results?

FROM THE ARTICLE: “Negative results are an important building block in the development of scientific thought, primarily because most likely the vast majority of data is negative, i.e., there is not a favorable outcome. Only very limited data is positive,…

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