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Partisan Polarization Is the Primary Psychological Motivation behind Political Fake News Sharing on Twitter

Overview of attention for article published in American Political Science Review, May 2021
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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#22 of 2,630)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (96th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
8 news outlets
blogs
5 blogs
policy
1 policy source
twitter
358 tweeters
wikipedia
10 Wikipedia pages

Citations

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81 Dimensions

Readers on

mendeley
207 Mendeley
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Title
Partisan Polarization Is the Primary Psychological Motivation behind Political Fake News Sharing on Twitter
Published in
American Political Science Review, May 2021
DOI 10.1017/s0003055421000290
Authors

MATHIAS OSMUNDSEN, ALEXANDER BOR, PETER BJERREGAARD VAHLSTRUP, ANJA BECHMANN, MICHAEL BANG PETERSEN

Twitter Demographics

The data shown below were collected from the profiles of 358 tweeters who shared this research output. Click here to find out more about how the information was compiled.

Mendeley readers

The data shown below were compiled from readership statistics for 207 Mendeley readers of this research output. Click here to see the associated Mendeley record.

Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 207 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 33 16%
Student > Master 31 15%
Student > Bachelor 17 8%
Researcher 13 6%
Lecturer 12 6%
Other 42 20%
Unknown 59 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 62 30%
Psychology 26 13%
Computer Science 10 5%
Unspecified 10 5%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 9 4%
Other 27 13%
Unknown 63 30%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 360. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 02 November 2022.
All research outputs
#70,995
of 22,557,763 outputs
Outputs from American Political Science Review
#22
of 2,630 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#2,186
of 344,729 outputs
Outputs of similar age from American Political Science Review
#2
of 25 outputs
Altmetric has tracked 22,557,763 research outputs across all sources so far. Compared to these this one has done particularly well and is in the 99th percentile: it's in the top 5% of all research outputs ever tracked by Altmetric.
So far Altmetric has tracked 2,630 research outputs from this source. They typically receive a lot more attention than average, with a mean Attention Score of 26.5. This one has done particularly well, scoring higher than 99% of its peers.
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