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 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