Getting Positive Feedback About Publishing Negative Results

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Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Eva Amsen, outreach director for the open-access journal F1000Research. Her post discusses F1000Research’s efforts to publish more papers on negative results. For more on negative results, see a series of posts published on Communication Breakdown earlier this year. Continue reading “Getting Positive Feedback About Publishing Negative Results”

Dinosaurs, Negative Results and Science Festivals: 2013 Second Quarter Roundup

A collection of a different sort. (Photo credit: Sanja Gjenero)

Dinosaurs, negative results, Deborah Blum, science festivals, Nautilus, Jessica Wapner and the importance of words. Communication Breakdown has covered a lot of interesting, important and (often) fun things over the past few months. Continue reading “Dinosaurs, Negative Results and Science Festivals: 2013 Second Quarter Roundup”

Funding Agencies Support Publication of Negative Results

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While publishers and researchers have mixed feelings about whether scientists should publish negative results in peer-reviewed journals, with some arguing that negative results are essentially a waste of time, federal funding agencies appear to be largely in favor of publication. Continue reading “Funding Agencies Support Publication of Negative Results”

A Journal Editor’s Perspective on Publishing Negative Results

In which a journal editor weighs in on getting negative results into the hands of people who can use them. (Photo credit: North Carolina State University)

Earlier this week I wrote about two questions regarding negative results. First, should researchers publish their negative results? Second, why is it so hard to publish negative results? Continue reading “A Journal Editor’s Perspective on Publishing Negative Results”

The Challenge of Negative Results

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If a bunch of people are working toward a shared goal – like, say, curing a form of cancer – it would make sense for them to compare notes, right? Significant discoveries should be made public so that researchers can adjust their efforts accordingly and move everyone closer to solving the problem. That’s what journal articles are – an opportunity for researchers to share information and get closer to solving whatever medical, scientific or technological challenges they’re grappling with. Except when the system doesn’t work. Continue reading “The Challenge of Negative Results”