Editors at Negative Results are ultimately accountable for the quality of the journal’s content. Editors are responsible for sourcing high quality manuscripts, handling day-to-day paperwork, and organizing the flow of manuscripts from author to reviewers and back.
Dear readers of Negative Results,
We are pleased to introduce you to Negative Results, a journal that publishes articles that challenge current knowledge, existing models, and tenets. The articles are based on rigorous, and well-documented results that do not support these models or even refute them. Scientists usually communicate their findings by publishing results in specialized peer-reviewed journals. However negative findings – those that do not agree with what the researchers hypothesized – are often disregarded, neglected and therefore not put forward for publication. The stigma surrounding negative findings means that they are a low priority for publication.
This raises a major issue: if results are not reported (positive or negative) then concepts that are untrue or incomplete are never corrected, despite their potentially dire consequences. Ignoring the vast information source that is negative results is troublesome in several ways: i/ by skewing the scientific literature by only including chosen pieces of information and ii/ by causing a huge waste of time and resources.
The issues surrounding the negative finding culture are certainly gaining traction. Nonetheless, publication bias is still an issue, indicating that a shift in the scientific culture is required. We at the Negative Results believe that we can make a difference and reverse this pernicious trend by demonstrating the importance of disseminating all results while still maintaining the higher standards of excellence at the journal and in the scientific literature.
We, at Negative Results, believe that it is important to publish all results - both positive and negative – to shape a more efficient science
Open access publishing models have reshaped the ways in which scientists share and use journal articles. Negative Results uses quality criteria (peer review, reputation) for assessing journal excellence is critical in determining the overall value of any publication
Authors choose Negative Results journal to submit to for a variety of reasons; one of the most important is the quality and impact of their research
We know how important speed of publication is to authors, especially in fast moving research areas. We pay particular attention to the time it takes for an article to be reviewed then to reach the production process
Our journals have global authorship and readership
We offer you guidance on how to prepare your manuscript and help on formatting and checking your references and using our journal styles and templates
Negative Results is an international journal publishing research reporting negative findings that challenge current knowledge
The authors will find a template aims to emulate scientific journal publications by using a conservative thin document style. The format of the template includes an abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion
The Editorial Board will evaluate what manuscripts are appropriates to publish in Negative Results and will send them to external scientific experts (peers)
The peer-review process in Negative Results is an essential « referee » of scientic quality for scientific research manuscripts before reaching publication
Accepted manuscripts will follow rapid online publication in Negative Results within days of acceptance