Call For Papers

1st Workshop on E-science ReseaRch leading tO negative Results (ERROR) in conjunction with eScience 2015

Munich, Germany, 3 September 2015

Researchers invest a significant amount of time and efforts in their research. Similarly, funders significantly invest to cover the costs of research. New techniques and technologies influence research approaches, methods, and scale in a rapidly changing e-science landscape.

Ever-increasing problem and data sizes mean researchers must deal with novelty in multiple dimensions, some of which are beyond their control. A combination of such factors increases the likelihood that some of the obtained results will not be useful in the context of the goals of the original project: the results are negative (deviating from initial hypothesis), abnormal (anomalous to results from similar studies), or otherwise unexpected. Under normal circumstances, such negative results are never published, and the reasons that they were obtained are seldom discussed and analyzed.

Many useful lessons known only by a small audience, such as a researcher and her group, are thus lost to the general community. Yet ignoring such results and the process by which they were obtained poses a risk of repetition by another researcher or group. The fact that other researchers likely face the same situations and the same pitfalls further increases the cost of research, a cost that would have been avoided if the negative results were brought forward and discussed in-depth within and across communities. Documenting and more widely communicating these experiences will benefit the community and help recover some positive return from the expended efforts and cost.

Major topics include (but are not limited to)

  • Unforeseen technology/problem/technique misfits
  •  Institutional policies (on rejected research)
  • Failures and obstacles faced during a successful research work
  • Controversial results because of undiscovered technological/technical glitch
  • Unconventional results which contradict theoretical expectations
  • Discovery of better approaches after a significant efforts spent on research
  • Inadequate or misconfigured infrastructure
  • Abnormal and anomalous results
  • Ongoing research with setbacks and lessons learned
  • A hypothesis with one or more limiting assumptions
  • Discovery of unexpected behavior in hardware, networks or platforms
  • Data size that is too big or too small for the applied technique
  • Implementation of simulation tools based on incorrect physical observations
  • Defect in software design, architecture and/or user interface
  • Software and platform incompatibilities
  • Zero defect software policy and its implications

Journal publication opportunity

Selected papers from the workshop will be invited to submit an extended version to a special issue of “Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience (CCPE)” journal. Papers will be selected based on scientific rigor, originality, significance and presentation. All extended versions will undergo reviews and must represent original unpublished research work.

Paper Submission Guidelines

Authors are invited to submit a maximum of 8-page manuscripts describing original and unpublished work surrounding the aforementioned topics. The format of the paper should be of double column text using single spaced 10 point size on 8.5 x 11 inch pages, as per IEEE 8.5 x 11 manuscript guidelines. Templates are available from Authors should submit a PDF file that will print on a postscript printer to the easychair conference system at

Important Dates

15 May 2015 (Friday): Paper submission deadline
22 May 2015 (Friday): Paper submission deadline

10 June 2015: Author notification

21 June 2015: Camera ready version
30 June 2015: Camera ready version

3 September 2015: Workshop dates