In Brief

It's disappointing to conduct a study and find the statistics to be insignificant. But a new journal, the Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, makes insignificant results somewhat significant by publishing them.

Journal creator Stephen Reysen explains that when data do not reach traditional significance (p<.05), researchers merely file the report and begin new research. This filing of insignificant results prevents other researchers from knowing what studies have already been conducted. As Reysen explains, "Somebody else could have tried the same experiment I had been working on and I would have never known about it. This is why I feel the journal is the missing link in the psychological literature."

To solve this problem, Reysen plans to post studies found to be insignificant online, as long as they have sound investigative methods and sufficient power. A database of empirical questions that have already been examined and have been found statistically insignificant might serve as a valuable resource for researchers since it could save them time, money and effort, he says.

The Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis is open to all areas of psychology and will appear at www.jasnh.com in June.

--J. RICKER