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?



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.


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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.


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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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Not All That Shines Is Diamond
Why Open Access Publication Favors Rich Authors, Prestigious Universities and Industry-Funded Research

Marcel Hobma
Opinion|December 02, 2022
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Music and Mistakes
An Interview with Two Music Therapists on When Things Go Wrong

Avi GilboaLaurien HakvoortStefan Gaillard
Interview|October 21, 2022