JUnQ – thinking outside the box To foster new concepts of thinking about applied projects the framework of the Graduate School Materials Science in Mainz (MAINZ), we introduced our doctoral students to the well-known method of a think tank. JUnQ is the successful result of one of the think tank groups and shows the creativity and efforts of our doctoral students. MAINZ supports the mission of JUnQ and will introduce in 2011 the new lecture series “Publish or Perish…?” together with JUnQ. We are very happy that the first issue of JunQ has now been published and are looking forward to a long and bright future of the journal.
— Dr. Mark Bajohrs, Coordinator of the MAINZ Graduate School of Excellence, Mainz
Any scientific progress solely stems from raising questions. Thus, for the scientist generically the unsolved question is the interesting one, not the answered. Unfortunately, at present the scientific communication and publication culture leaves only little space for presenting and discussing inconclusive and ambiguous results. This constitutes a severe drawback of our research culture as it limits the possibilities for stimulating scientific exchange, being the origin of innovative ideas.
Providing a discussion platform for unsolved questions, JUnQ constitutes a unique possibility to gather the hidden treasures of scientific research. This journal truly fills a gap and contributes to turning research into a lively discussion again.
— Prof. Dr. Angelika K?hnle, Johannes Gutenberg-Universit?t Mainz
Current research is biased by only publishing statistically significant results. Astonishingly, researchers seem often to forget that a not statistically significant result is the same as an insignificant result. Insignficant results are also in published articles oftentimes the engine for controversial discussions and radically new insights and a good counterpart for significant, but only incremental findings. Therefore I think that JUnQ may be a great forum for research that otherwise would never be shared publicly with the research community. Good luck!
— Prof. Dr. Constantin Blome, European Business School, Wiesbaden
Unsolved questions are the driving force of science, so it is more than adequate that a journal focuses on them.
— Prof. Dr. Juergen Gauss, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz