Editorial| Volume 11, ISSUE 5, P137-138, October 2022

The failed experiment!

        While browsing through the journal articles in search of a topic for editorial, not only in orthodontics but in basic science, I could find that the literature is flooded with successful results alone, portraying statistically significant effects, positive findings, and suggestions that can change the world. The basic rule in any research is that it is mandatory to analyze and report both the positive and negative data and outcomes if you seek conclusions based on results. At this point, some questions started pondering me – where do all the failed experiments research go? Do we always get positive results alone? Are we right in always seeking positive results themselves? And how courageous are we in publishing the negative outcomes that we obtain?
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        1. Edward W. Morley: the Michelson-Morley Experiment and its Successful Legacy of Failure. From the website: - Accessed on 30.08.2022.

        2. Why The Best Scientists Fail, Again and Again – from the website: - Accessed on 30.08.2022.