Several academics of a variety of domains support the mission of our project. Here we have collected brief statements on why they do so.


The Descartes Centre actively fosters research integrity at Utrecht University. The Journal of Trial and Error is an important instrument in advancing that endeavour, and we wholeheartedly support its mission.

Prof. Dr. Bert Theunissen, Director of the Descartes Centre for the History and Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities at Utrecht University.


I endorse the Journal of Trial and Error because I believe we must publish all results, including the negative, to be able to make progress. Publishing only what worked creates an unrealistic picture of science, where failures are much more common, and prevents us from learning from these valuable experiences.

Dr. Veronika Cheplygina, assistant professor at the research group Medical Image Analysis of the department of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. Initiator of the How I Fail series.


I am happy to endorse JOTE as a new experiment in scholarly publishing. Solid research should be published, irrespective of whether the results look novel or not. Such initiatives as these are important to help researchers understand that we can only learn more from our failures than successes.

Dr Stephen J Eglen, University of Cambridge. Reader in Computational Neuroscience in the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, and member of the Cambridge Computational Biology Institute.


I endorse the Journal of Trial and Error because the history of knowledge shows that hiding failures and imperfections obstructs the process of knowledge production. Already at the beginning of the seventeenth century Francis Bacon urged scientists and scholars to write down and publish the “Errors wch may be comytted, and agayn those things wch conduce to make the woorke in more perfection.”

Prof. Dr. Sven Dupré, Professor of History of Art, Science and Technology at Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam. Editor-in-chief of the Journal History of Knowledge.


I’m delighted that there is a journal about trial and error. I work with charities and in philanthropy, where the quality of evaluations is often low, mainly because they are done by entities with the wrong incentives, and too often they must find that the intervention succeeds: we talk of things being ‘doomed to succeed’. I am always interested in work to encourage and share reliable research, irrespective of what it finds

Caroline Fiennes, Director, Giving Evidence: ‘Enabling giving based on sound evidence’. Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University Centre for Strategic Philanthropy


I endorse the Journal of Trial and Error because even experiments leading to dead ends are important pieces of information worth to be read. Indeed these publications could help other members of the scientific community to avoid the same pitfalls by bringing them to light.

Prof. Dr. Pascal Darbon, vice-head of the Joint Master in Neuroscience at the Institut des Neurosciences Cellulaires & Intégratives at the University of Strasbourg.


It is essential that science opens up, giving a fair image of how scientific research really works. JOTE contributes to that goal in important ways. I welcome the initiative and hope that JOTE may contribute to reforming science and academia.

Prof. Dr. Frank Huisman, Professor in the History of Medicine at Utrecht University and co-initiator of Science in Transition.


I endorse the Journal of Trial and Error because it breaks open the delusional contemporary narrative that immediate and continuous research perfection is the natural academic norm. It never has been and never will be.

Prof. Dr. Michael Burke, Professor of Rhetoric and Utrecht University Honours Dean.


Not only will the Journal of Trial and Error help reduce in aggregate the false negatives by allowing researchers to learn from others’ mistakes, but it will also help restitute the mission of science by giving researchers more options than overzealously publishing false positives. In an era of ever-increasing competition to publish, the crucial expansion of the ecology of peer-review through this journal permits researchers to be more honest.

Dr. Yogi Hale Hendlin, Assistant Professor at Erasmus School of Philosophy, core faculty member of the Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity Initiative, and Research Associate at Environmental Health Initiative at University of California.


An open dealing with
errors and failure is most essential for integrity and 
trustworthiness of 
science. In this sense, JOTE is a remarkable project enabling new forms of 
transparency in 
scientific and 
academic culture.

Professor Peter-André Alt, President of German 
Rector’s Conference.


Einstein already said it: “If we knew what we are doing, we wouldn’t call it research”. As CFO – Chief Failure Officer – at the Institute of Brilliant Failures, I am very pleased to endorse the Journal of Trial and Error to brighten up the dark knowledge, which we know to be very important, but difficult to access because of the success bias we see in so many scientific publications.

Prof. dr. Paul Iske, Chief Failure Officer, Institute of Brilliant Failures, professor Open Innovation & Business Venturing, School of Business and Economics, Maastricht.


Today, the publication of negative results and so-called failures in science is more crucial than ever. Pressures on publishing in high-profile journals often distort the incentives of scientific investigation(s). In science, failure is every bit as informative as success – not just retroactively but as part of the process. In science, failure and success are not two sides of the same coin – they are two horses pulling the same wagon. These ideas must filter down to science education at the grade school level and journals such as this could provide a critical educational resource for teachers.

Prof. Dr. Stuart Firestein, former Chair of Columbia University’s
Department of Biological Sciences and author of Failure: Why Science Is So
Successful
.