Thursday, January 08, 2009

B - No to Negative Data

Wiley S. No to Negative Data. Why I believe findings that disprove a hypothesis are largely not worth publishing. The Scientist 2208; 22(4):39


Some scientists have become so concerned about negative data that they have created journals dedicated to publishing negative results. According to the Author, negative results don't actually seem to advance science therefore negative results are not worth publishing. Science is a set of ideas that can be supported by observations. A negative result does not support any specific idea, but only tells you what isn't right. Negative results can also be biased and misleading in their own way, and are often the result of experimental errors, rather than true findings.

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