Negative results are disappearing from most disciplines and countries

@article{Fanelli2011NegativeRA,
  title={Negative results are disappearing from most disciplines and countries},
  author={Daniele Fanelli},
  journal={Scientometrics},
  year={2011},
  volume={90},
  pages={891-904}
}
Concerns that the growing competition for funding and citations might distort science are frequently discussed, but have not been verified directly. Of the hypothesized problems, perhaps the most worrying is a worsening of positive-outcome bias. A system that disfavours negative results not only distorts the scientific literature directly, but might also discourage high-risk projects and pressure scientists to fabricate and falsify their data. This study analysed over 4,600 papers published in… CONTINUE READING
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