The tale of the blog post that led to the journal article set me thinking about forums for publishing our hypotheses.
We all have ideas, some of them wild, but many based on good science, that we’ve never been able to develop as we’d like. By develop I mean validate experimentally. A chance observation in a genome sequence perhaps, or some data from an old project that was left unfinished when we changed jobs. Often we know just what needs to be done in order to confirm our idea but are unable, for whatever reason, to do so.
It would be great if these types of observation could be written up and published somewhere – perhaps it would spur someone else in the field to do the key experiment. My lazy query – as I don’t have time to survey every life sciences journal is this: are there many journals that include a “hypothesis” section for this kind of open discussion with few or no experimental results? I know that some of the Trends series have “forum” or “opinion” sections and Microbiology has a section for discussion of papers (but only those published in that journal). Perhaps the better-informed readers of my blog know of other journals with a similar section?