After more than a year of working on Journal of Errology (JoE), we have decided to give it a break and focus on our other projects for a while. For those of you following us, this might not come as a surprise, since there has not been any updates from us for a while now.
We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the response we received from all of you and also equally disappointed on due to the lack of participation by researchers for whom this Journal was meant for. This was not something we had not anticipated before be began. However, JoE has taught us some very valuable lessons and has been a project which has been very close to our hearts hence we will be coming back to it soon.
We apologize to everyone who supported us in our early stages, our friends who took part in this and put in hours for the cause, the numerous blogs and websites that mentioned about us, our critics and especially the scientists to agreed to be on our panel. We began JoE as a subunit of Bioflukes in order to gauge the interest of researchers in it, however it wasn't meant to serve as a permanent place for JoE.
There are a multitude of reasons of stepping back from JoE at this time. For one we have learnt the hard way that sharing failures will need a much more developed mindset among researchers, hence we believe that the time is not right for such a repository. Also there was the small question of money, we had a hard time convincing funding agencies to fund JoE. We still continue looking for funding sources so that we can work on JoE, which has the ability to make a difference in the careers of numerous future researchers. There was also the irritating fact of us having to continuously differentiating JoE from other journals who publish papers with negative results, just to make it clear, JoE is a repository for the failures and short falls experienced during a research, and NO submitted papers are not meant to be additions under papers published sections in a scientists resume as bragging rights. (we suspect this might have to do something for scientists not being that eager to participate).
If any of you out there have any ideas about how to relaunch JoE, please contact me, I am all ears. I thank you all and apologize again for stepping back for now.
Please reach me at : mahboob[@]bioflukes.com