Where to find scientific research with negative results

Health scientists, and health science reporters, know there's a bias that leads to more published studies showing positive results for treatments. Many of the studies that show negative results are never published, but there are some out there, if you know where to look. If you want to know what treatments don't work Ivan Oransky has three recommendations: Compare registration lists of medical trials to published results; step away from the big name books and read through some lower-ranked peer-reviewed journals; and peruse the delightfully named Journal of Negative Results in Biomedicine.


  1. Another good place to look (in all areas of science) are databases of theses and dissertations. These documents get published regardless of the outcome of the research. In my field, we look to these quite a bit when conducing meta-analyses.

  2. It is interesting that people are more and more thinking on publishing negative results. I’ve recently discovered The All Results Journals, a new journal focus on publishing negative results and think the idea is great.
    Have a look to their published articles (they are good, believe me) at:




    Their slogan is also great (in my opinion) : All your results are good results! (specially the negative)

  3. Also checkout Bioflukes.com or JournalofErrology.com, both are the same and have and interesting take on making accessible data with negative results

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