Institute for Biological Research “Siniša Stanković” joins ResearchProof Pioneers Program
ResearchProof recently launched the Pioneers Program, and the first scientific groups and academic institutions are joining the program to publish negative, intermediate or complete results on the platform. The first result has already been published on the platform by the Immunology Department of the Institute for Biological Research Siniša Stanković in Belgrade, Serbia.
A collaboration to streamline the sharing of scientific research
Siniša Stanković Institute is the leading scientific institution in Serbia in the field of Biological sciences. The Immunology Department is currently active in topics such as type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and cancer, trying to understand and reveal the immunological processes behind these diseases.
The aim of the ResearchProof project is to use blockchain and cryptographic technology to streamline the sharing of single, intermediate, negative and complete results, speeding up the pace of scientific production and allowing for faster adoption of findings.
Siniša Stanković Institute not only signed an official letter of interest to show support towards the objectives of the ResearchProof project, but also provided the first results to be published on the platform, through the active involvment of the head of the Department for Immunology Djordje Miljkovic, of the Principal Research Fellow Ivana Stojanović and the Research Assistant Neda Đedović.
As an outcome of this collaboration, the first result published on the ResearchProof platform is a negative result investigated by Milica Vujicic, Tamara Saksida, Stanislava Stosic-Grujicic and Ivana Stojanović of Siniša Stanković Institute.
The sharing of negative results is vital to avoid worldwide repetition of experiments due to undisclosed findings, and thus prevent loss of time and valuable human and economic resources
“In the last 30 years negative results have disappeared from scientific publications, as the current scientific system still rewards scientists based only on their positive findings. Nonetheless, the sharing of negative results is vital to avoid worldwide repetition of experiments due to undisclosed findings, and thus prevent loss of time and valuable human and economic resources” — says Adriano Bonforti, founder of the ResearchProof project — “for this reason we are extremely happy that the first scientific content we published in collaboration with Siniša Stanković Institute is a negative result, which would have never seen the light without a platform like ours, as traditional journals tend to reject negative results, wrongly considering them irrelevant.”
We discussed the problem of positive bias in science in this article in our blog.
ResearchProof Pioneers Program
Scientific groups, single scientists or academic institutions can now participate in the ResearchProof Pioneers Program, consisting in the selection and publication of intermediate, negative and single results as well as any other scientific content, implementing a novel reputation and rewarding system for authors and peer-reviewers.
Candidate results are first protected using blockchain and cryptographic technology to allow authors to demostrate authorship of the work. Results are then prepared for publication on the platform by the ResearchProof Team, with the collaboration of the authors. When the result is ready, authors are asked for authorization before making the result visible on the platform.
For more details, you can read our article about the ResearchProof Pioneers Program. To receive more information on how to participate, please write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org .
All the participants in the program are also granted free access to the ResearchProof Registry service throughout the duration of the program. The Registry service generates an unfalsifiable, legally and internationally valid timestamp to prove the authorship of scientific content prior to its dissemination (e.g. drafts or pre-prints of papers, code, presentations, preliminary or negative results, etc).
To receive more information on how to participate to the ResearchProof Pioneers Program, please write an e-mail to email@example.com .