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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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#31 of 31,639)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age and source (99th percentile)

Mentioned by

news
24 news outlets
blogs
40 blogs
twitter
988 tweeters
facebook
67 Facebook pages
googleplus
7 Google+ users
reddit
1 Redditor
video
1 video uploader

Readers on

mendeley
73 Mendeley
citeulike
1 CiteULike
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
Pubmed ID
Authors

Petroc Sumner, Solveiga Vivian-Griffiths, Jacky Boivin, Andy Williams, Christos A Venetis, Aimée Davies, Jack Ogden, Leanne Whelan, Bethan Hughes, Bethan Dalton, Fred Boy, Christopher D Chambers, Sumner P, Vivian-Griffiths S, Boivin J, Williams A, Venetis CA, Davies A, Ogden J, Whelan L, Hughes B, Dalton B, Boy F, Chambers CD, 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 4 5%
Germany 2 3%
Finland 2 3%
Canada 2 3%
Portugal 1 1%
Switzerland 1 1%
France 1 1%
Australia 1 1%
Brazil 1 1%
Other 2 3%
Unknown 56 77%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 17 23%
Student > Master 12 16%
Other 10 14%
Student > Ph. D. Student 9 12%
Student > Bachelor 8 11%
Other 17 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 23 32%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 13 18%
Psychology 11 15%
Social Sciences 10 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 2 3%
Other 14 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1215. 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 23 March 2017.
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#865
of 7,436,473 outputs
Outputs from British Medical Journal
#31
of 31,639 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#41
of 234,764 outputs
Outputs of similar age from British Medical Journal
#5
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