My name is Bastien. I am the co-founder of an initiative called In&Vertebrates that Gavin and Enrico encouraged me to present in this friendly community.
At In&Vertebrates, one of our challenges is to end (or at least reduce) the waste of scientific knowledge (mostly known as the file drawer effect, Rosenthal, 1979 or Dark Science as we like to call it) produced across decades of experimentation in life sciences.
As there are many constraints to disseminate the Dark Science today, we designed a transparent format of publications with few limitations: the DarkPaper. We hope it will allow researchers to publish quickly the studies remaining in their drawers. Among others, the DarkPapers will give a proper place to the negative results, replicas, unfinished and non-working studies and as many other kinds of studies which are not judged ‘exciting enough’ by most publishing leaders.
For the DarkPapers, cooperation is vital. Therefore, we are building a new type of platform where researchers can collaborate on the DarkPapers (comments, suggestions, etc.). One of the nice features of a DarkPaper is that it won’t be crystallised in time as it can evolve throughout online discussions and a new open and transparent peer-reviewing system (which we are developing as I am writing this post). Using our platform, everybody can see the progress and changes made to a Darkpaper across time.
I hope you’ll like this approach and the way we want to bring the Dark Science back to life.
Our website explains our project and goals broadly. You can visit it at the following address if you are interested: https://inandvertebrates.com
Feedbacks are always welcome! Besides, we are always looking to partner up with institutions or initiatives which value and assess researchers going toward more transparency, openness practices and care about scientists wellbeing such as IGDORE.
So, if you are aware of some that might be interested in our action, let me know.
We are trying to keep people up to date as much as we can via our social networks, so don’t hesitate to follow us if you are interested.
If you have questions or want to discuss our initiative further, I will be delighted to do so.
You can also reach out with me by email if you prefer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Kind regards, Bastien