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November 28, 2004

BehindTheMedspeak: Just Say 'Negative'


In fact, you better if you expect to publish your paper in the Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine.

People thought it was a joke when founder/editor-in-chief Bjorn Olsen of Harvard Medical School began it in 2002.

Not so anymore, what with the Vioxx controversy, based in large part on negative studies that showed no benefit and great risk to those who took it.

Those studies were never published, 'cause who'd publish negative results?

Well, in the future things may be different, what with both Olsen's journal and the Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, also begun in 2002.


That one's the brainchild of one Stephen Reysen, a psychologist who noted a similar dearth of psychology papers that found no benefit from various interventions and therapies.

Both journals are featured in an article by Marina Kravosky which appears in the December issue of Scientific American.

November 28, 2004 at 11:01 AM | Permalink


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