SSRN’s Negative Results Special Topic Hub is a pilot we are running to experiment with researcher interest in sharing and reading research where negative findings were observed. These results may contradict research hypotheses, established scientific knowledge, and previous evidence or predictions and are typically characterized by a different, opposite, or absent correlation between observed phenomena. Negative results are an important part of the scientific record and impact the interpretation of scientific evidence. As we are running this pilot special topic hub, we will be learning about how making negative results discoverable across disciplines might help future researchers gain a more complete picture of learnings from others, potentially reducing wasted research time, effort, and cost.
SSRN, Elsevier’s world-leading platform devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of early-stage research, is committed to advancing societal progress through sharing quality knowledge. Research on SSRN is free to download and upload.
It is important to note that many of these papers have not been edited or benefited from the pivotal role of peer-review, which validates and improves the quality of final published journal articles.
Negative Results Research by discipline: