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The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study

Overview of attention for article published in British Medical Journal, December 2014
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Title
The association between exaggeration in health related science news and academic press releases: retrospective observational study
Published in
British Medical Journal, December 2014
DOI 10.1136/bmj.g7015
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Authors

P. Sumner, S. Vivian-Griffiths, J. Boivin, A. Williams, C. A. Venetis, A. Davies, J. Ogden, L. Whelan, B. Hughes, B. Dalton, F. Boy, C. D. Chambers

Abstract

To identify the source (press releases or news) of distortions, exaggerations, or changes to the main conclusions drawn from research that could potentially influence a reader's health related behaviour.

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 2%
United Kingdom 3 1%
Canada 2 <1%
Sweden 2 <1%
France 2 <1%
Finland 2 <1%
Portugal 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Netherlands 1 <1%
Other 4 1%
Unknown 274 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 50 17%
Student > Master 50 17%
Researcher 43 14%
Student > Bachelor 38 13%
Other 27 9%
Other 67 23%
Unknown 22 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 64 22%
Social Sciences 44 15%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 38 13%
Psychology 28 9%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 14 5%
Other 76 26%
Unknown 33 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1767. 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 07 July 2020.
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#1,821
of 15,416,490 outputs
Outputs from British Medical Journal
#61
of 48,738 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#25
of 305,170 outputs
Outputs of similar age from British Medical Journal
#5
of 902 outputs
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