About this blog

Negative Results in Science is dedicated to the impact of negative outcomes in scientific studies. Negative results, i.e. the non-matching of an expectation with the actual experimental observation are stepstones on the way to understand nature and its processes.

However, it is even more problematic that “unwanted” results are much less likely to be published than the “desired” ones, even though they might give significant insights for ongoing scientific research. The “unpublicability” of true, but still negative results is therefore a considerable obstacle in current research. On the other hand, it also results in the tendency to interprete results in a “positive” way, eventually leading to wrong assumptions.

A further issue addressed by this blog is the non-reprocibility of a high amount experimental results. This might occur either by non-accurately performed original studies, or by giving incomplete experimental information.

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