By Eric Crampton 03/05/2018


We’ve known about the problems of publication bias at least since 1992. If it’s easier to get statistically significant results published than insignificant results, then there are whole literatures that become untrustworthy.

Andrea Menclova at Canterbury is doing something about it. This has been a while in the making – we were talking about it when I was still at Canterbury. Good things take time, and now it’s live.

Suppose your paper has been rejected from an EconLit-indexed journal, with the only important issues raised by the referees being that the results are unsurprising or insignificant.

Submit your paper along with the referee reports and the letter from the rejecting journal, and it will be considered at SURE Journal: Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics

Aim and Scope

The Series of Unsurprising Results in Economics (SURE) is an e-journal of high-quality research with “unsurprising” findings.

We publish scientifically important and carefully-executed studies with statistically insignificant or otherwise unsurprising results. Studies from all fields of Economics will be considered. SURE is an open-access journal and there are no submission charges.
SURE benefits readers by:

  • Mitigating the publication bias and thus complementing other journals in an effort to provide a complete account of the state of affairs;
  • Serving as a repository of potential (and tentative) “dead ends” in Economics research.

SURE benefits writers by:

  • Providing an outlet for interesting, high-quality, but “risky” (in terms of uncertain results) research projects;
  • Decreasing incentives to data-mine, change theories and hypotheses ex post or exclusively focus on provocative topics.

I love this project. I hope it attracts a lot of great work that would otherwise be accumulating dust in file drawers.