Publishing negative results
January 28, 2015
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NPR’s Morning Edition ran a story this morning about how scientific research (including social sciences) may suffer from bias. The point of the argument, however, was really about publication bias and academic journals who prefer to publish positive results over negative ones, though the negative results may be just as important (or more!) than those often published.
Studies were conducted and left unpublished because they failed to support positive hypotheses. How important is it to publish both kinds of results? What percentage of articles feature positive or negative results in your field’s journals? Is the figure skewed one way or the other?
Catch the report here: http://www.npr.org/2015/01/28/382056490/studies-critical-of-bilingual-benefits-often-shelved-because-of-bias