Re: Is a Journal of Negative & Partial Results necessary?

From: Howard J. Van Till (
Date: Sat Oct 20 2001 - 09:01:24 EDT

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    >Is there a better way of retaining the "oral history" of science,
    > that 90% of observations which are never published, than in the
    > second-hand recollections of dwindling numbers of former grad
    > students and post-docs?
    > Most likely, >85% of this unpublished 90% is crap, but with search
    > engines, is there now enough storage and filtering capability to locate
    > gems and justify the effort? And how? Online notebooks? An E-journal of
    > Negative
    > and Partial Results? Is there some form of editorial control and publication
    > quality assurance that would work in a high-data, low information environment?

    Not a bad idea, but I doubt the funding could be found for it. Furthermore,
    who would do the peer review re quality of empirical methodology, etc.?


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