False Negative/Positive Rate (image) University of Copenhagen - Niels Bohr Institute Share Print E-Mail Caption The figure shows a false negative rate of 0.2 (which is the standard that many fields of science use). The standard for the false positive rate is 0.05 (the white/yellow line), but there are indications that it is higher in practice. The figure shows that if you publish less than 20-30 percent negative results, there will be a high probability that a false hypothesis will be perceived as being a fact after repeated experiments and published articles. The scientific community only avoid this if they publish a greater proportion of negative results. Credit (Credit: Nissen, NBI and Bergstrom, UW) Usage Restrictions (Credit: Nissen, NBI and Bergstrom, UW) Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.