The Journal of Trial and Error – Our vision and scope

The Journal of Trial and Error aims to close the gap between what is researched and what is published. In scientific practice, trial and error is a fundamental process of learning and discovery. Therefore, we want to make public the lessons of the struggles in research. We are convinced about the productive role of errors, and so we aim to publish answers to the question “what went wrong?”, as well as problematising this question by reflecting on what failure means in science. You can read our manifesto to learn further about our goals, and the benefits of publishing errors.

The format

Our journal has an innovative format based on interdisciplinary dialogue. We will publish two kinds of articles, both peer-reviewed according to the standards of each discipline:

  • Experimental papers. These articles will show instances of the trial and error process in science. They will deal with topics such as (1) methodological concerns, or technical flaws that carry relevant information for the field to which they belong ; or (2) conceptual developments based on negative results.
  • Reflection. These articles will directly take one of the experimental papers and comment on it from a higher theoretical level, or from the point of view of disciplines within humanities of science (philosophy, history) or social sciences (STS, sociology, anthropology).

The parallel arrangement of the core element of the natural sciences (the experimental paper) and the crucial element of the humanities/social reflection (historical, philosophical and cultural contextualization of, in this case, a scientific enterprise) has the function of bridging the gap between the examiners of ‘what is out there’ and those examiners who link the aforementioned with ‘what is in us’.


The content – The first issue

The first issue will be about the sciences of the mind (psychology and neuroscience).


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