Researcher's Perceptions on Publishing "Negative" Results and Open Access

Lucía Echevarría, Alberto Malerba, Virginia Arechavala-Gomeza

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Scientific advance is based on reproducibility, corroboration, and availability of research results. However, large numbers of experimental results that contradict previous work do not get published and many research results are not freely available as they are hidden behind paywalls. As part of COST Action "DARTER", a network of researchers in the field of RNA therapeutics, we have performed a small survey among our members and their colleagues to assess their opinion on the subject of publishing contradictory or ambiguous results and their attitude to open access (OA) publishing. Our survey indicates that, although researchers highly value publication of "negative" results, they often do not publish their own, citing lack of time and the perception that those results may not be as highly cited. OA, on the other hand, seems to be widely accepted, but in many cases not actively sought by researchers due to higher costs associated with it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)185-189
Number of pages5
JournalNucleic Acid Therapeutics
Issue number3
Early online date27 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021


  • Access to Information
  • Open Access Publishing
  • Reproducibility of Results

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