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Basic Blue Skies Research in the UK: Are we losing out?

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, January 2008
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Title
Basic Blue Skies Research in the UK: Are we losing out?
Published in
Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration, January 2008
DOI 10.1186/1747-5333-3-3
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Authors

Belinda Linden

Abstract

The term blue skies research implies a freedom to carry out flexible, curiosity-driven research that leads to outcomes not envisaged at the outset. This research often challenges accepted thinking and introduces new fields of study. Science policy in the UK has given growing support for short-term goal-oriented scientific research projects, with pressure being applied on researchers to demonstrate the future application of their work. These policies carry the risk of restricting freedom, curbing research direction, and stifling rather than stimulating the creativity needed for scientific discovery.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
France 2 5%
United States 1 3%
United Kingdom 1 3%
Austria 1 3%
Unknown 34 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 8 21%
Student > Master 7 18%
Student > Bachelor 7 18%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 10%
Researcher 3 8%
Other 7 18%
Unknown 3 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 10 26%
Engineering 4 10%
Psychology 4 10%
Environmental Science 3 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 8%
Other 11 28%
Unknown 4 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. 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 30 June 2017.
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#2,614,013
of 11,411,580 outputs
Outputs from Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration
#3
of 13 outputs
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#32,106
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Biomedical Discovery and Collaboration
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