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Learning from Our Mistakes: We Have a Scientific and Fiscal Obligation to Publish Failed Results

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submitted on 26.10.2020, 05:23 and posted on 09.11.2020, 20:42 by Carolyn Levinn, Michael Pluth

By only publishing the positive and successful results of our research, we as a field are limiting scientific advances and exercising poor stewardship of financial resources. By moving toward norms that include disseminating failed, unexpected, and tangential results, we have the opportunity to not only increase the efficiency of science, but also advance new discoveries. Of the broad scientific disciplines, chemistry in particular is poised to take advantage of already-existing, relatively low-barrier approaches to change the scientific publishing culture.

Funding

DGE-1309047

CHE-1506221

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Email Address of Submitting Author

pluth@uoregon.edu

Institution

University of Oregon

Country

United States

ORCID For Submitting Author

0000-0003-3604-653X

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No conflict of interest

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