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> 2) null-result publication is useful in and of itself, sometimes.

I want to believe, but try getting a null result peer reviewed.

Ultimately this is a fatal flaw in the peer review system in the way most scientific publications do it.

The review should happen independent of the result and ideally the publication decision should happen before the research is performed. (There are some publications that do something alike - it's called "Registered Reports" - but it's still a small minority.)

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