About Us

The Center of Trial & Error is a virtual platform and sandbox for disruptive initiatives that will lead to institutional change.

With the Journal of Trial & Error as our flagship, we aim to bridge the gap between what researchers do and what researchers can report, to discuss and question what kind of knowledge is deemed valuable, to advocate for practices that positively impact the lives of researchers and the public, and to advance policies that put openness, transparency and compassion above profit, division and bottom lines.

Our Mission

The Center of Trial & Error believes that a more transparent, responsible, honest, and reflexive way of doing scholarship requires institutional change. It thereby tries to disrupt existing scholarly infrastructures by empowering early career researchers to develop and explore the possibilities of non-profit and value-driven platforms for academic activities.

Moreover, the Center aims to provide space for ongoing and independent reflection on academic culture, systemic structures, research and academic education and wants to connect those who (try to) enforce practical change. To do so, the Center hosts five branches around our Journal, publishing, training, research, and software development.

Meet the Team