JOOT: the journal of one try

November 1, 2010 at 9:43 am | | literature, science community

Today my labmate suggested someone start the Journal of One Try. It could have two sections per issue: “worked” and “didn’t work.”

JOOT would be dedicated to publishing scientific experiments tried only once. It would be an excellent resource for young graduate students to see if they should try an experiment (i.e. if it’s been published in the “worked” section) or try a different route (if it’s been published in “didn’t work”).

This is different than the Journal of Irreproducible Results: The results in JOOT would be reproducible … probably … just no one tried. Because it worked (or didn’t) the first time. Also, it wouldn’t be silly or funny science, simply experiments no one had the patience to try again. And this is different from the Journal of Negative Results, because many of the results would be positive. Well, once.

Maybe I’ll start that journal someday…


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  1. you could almost publish that on twitter!

    Comment by joel — November 1, 2010 #

  2. You could try it once and make the attempt at starting the journal the inaugural article on an experiment that worked…

    You clearly demonstrated you COULD start a journal on exactly that subject.

    Comment by Jeremiah — November 1, 2010 #

  3. ha!

    Comment by sam — November 1, 2010 #

  4. That would make a great journal. It could also fair quite well as a wiki. I’m a bit curious how the peer review process would work. Would you only be allowed to read an article once?

    Comment by PlatoMolloy — November 1, 2010 #

  5. That would go great with my communication-only journal, For Teh Lulz Letters.

    Comment by excimer — November 1, 2010 #

  6. I think you could even turn it into a magazine. I would rather read that in a doctors office than the typical magazines you find while making the unpleasant visit.

    Comment by jason — November 6, 2010 #

  7. Ha ha…everyone could publish about half of their hypotheses!

    Comment by dihydrogen monoxide — November 7, 2010 #

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