ASAPbio competition: Make your negative result a preprint winner ($1000 prize! deadline Jan 14)


We invite the submission of preprints that report a negative/null or inconclusive result as the main finding. The preprint may report results that did not validate the initial hypothesis, results that did not replicate previous published findings, or inconclusive results that highlight uncertainty about a particular methodology or line of research.

To be eligible for the competition, preprints must meet the criteria outlined below:

  • Report primary research results in any field of experimental or computational biology, including studies involving cell, plant, or animal models, or bioinformatics or translational approaches. Purely theoretical studies and those involving human subjects research are not eligible.
  • Preprints posted any time from 1 January 2022 until the competition closing date
  • Must contain a clear research question or rationale and a full description of the experiments and/or analyses completed.
  • There is no minimum number of figures/tables, provided that the experiment(s) are well justified and reported and rigorously interpreted.
  • The paper must be in English.
  • Manuscripts that have been subsequently published at a journal are eligible, but the work must have appeared first in the form of a preprint.


The winning preprints will:

  • Receive an award of $1,000
  • The authors of the preprints will be highlighted in a series of ASAPbio blog posts and video testimonials

Review criteria and process

A panel representing ASAPbio Fellows, ASAPbio representatives and scientific experts will select up to three winners from the submitted preprints.

The evaluation of preprints submitted will involve the following items:

  • Perceived value to the field, regarding resources or time saved by the community, or value in correcting current practices
  • Clarity
  • Alignment to open science and reproducibility: open data, code, protocol, associated resources