The Center of Trial and Error

Creating transparent and responsible scholarship.

We are a non-profit organization experimenting with innovative publishing activities. The Center provides a space for independent reflection on academic practice and stimulates students and early career researchers to disrupt existing scholarly infrastructures.

What Do We Do?

Discussing

Discussing

We define “trial and error” as methodological flaws and conceptual errors in research.

The Center facilitates a reflective discussion on these issues with our blog and by encouraging empirical research and cross-disciplinary conceptual work.

Publishing

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Publishing

We aim to publicize the lessons of research struggles, publish answers to the question “what went wrong?”, and independently host non-profit pre-press services.

Two branches of the Center, the Journal of Trial and Error and the Publishers of Trial and Error, are dedicated to this mission.

Training

A drawing of a lecture

Training

Institutional change results from well-equipped young people, creating a mass from below.

As such, training is one of our most important activities. We focus efforts to educate students on the systemic and organisational structures of science and scholarship to make change a practical reality.

What's New?

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Smile, You’re on Camera
Investigating the Relationship between Selfie Smiles and Distress

Monika N. LindMichelle L. ByrneSean DevineNicholas B. Allen
empirical|May 24, 2024
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JOTE in Conversation
Leo Tiokhin - “Criticism in Science Should be Rewarded”

Stefan GaillardMarcel Hobma
Interview|April 01, 2024
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Reputation Without Practice?
A Dynamic Computational Model of the Unintended Consequences of Open Scientist Reputations

Maximilian LindeMerle-Marie PittelkowNina R. SchwarzbachDon van Ravenzwaaij
meta-research|March 15, 2024
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JOTE in Conversation
Michael Burke "Why are publishing companies getting paid for our peer review?"

Stefan GaillardMarcel Hobma
Interview|January 04, 2024
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The Music Must Play On
The Music Therapy Sessions that Should not Have Stopped

Ayelet Dassa
special|December 22, 2023
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"Towards a Perfect Tune"
Navigating the Notions of Failure, Mistake and Competence in Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy with Marginalized Mothers

Afra Jurkiewicz
special|December 22, 2023