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DOI:   10.3217/jucs-018-20-2748

 

The Forum for Negative Results (FNR)
Guest Editorial

Lutz Prechelt (Freie Universit├Ąt Berlin, Germany)

Abstract: In September 1997, J.UCS published an article titled "Why we Need an Explicit Forum for Negative Results" [Prechelt, 1997]. It argued that when a plausible approach for solving a computer science or software engineering problem had failed to work out, it was silly for the scientific system not to publish the attempt iff a useful insight had been gained along the way nevertheless. Due to the strong bias of essentially all Computer Science publication venues towards "successful" research results, it was thus required to call for such negative results explicitly in order to avoid that those results would either be misleadingly disguised as successes or disappear in some closet. The article declared that J.UCS had thus agreed to create the "Forum for Negative Results (FNR)" as a permanent special section of J.UCS.

Keywords: FNR, failures, forum, negative results

Categories: A.m, B.6.3, C.1.3, I.2.6, I.2.7, K.4.m, K.7.m