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Opinion: Is science really facing a reproducibility crisis, and do we need it to?

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2018
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (99th percentile)
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Mentioned by

news
12 news outlets
blogs
13 blogs
twitter
289 tweeters
facebook
4 Facebook pages
wikipedia
2 Wikipedia pages
googleplus
2 Google+ users
reddit
4 Redditors
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1 video uploader

Citations

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Readers on

mendeley
288 Mendeley
Title
Opinion: Is science really facing a reproducibility crisis, and do we need it to?
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2018
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1708272114
Pubmed ID
Authors

Daniele Fanelli

Abstract

Efforts to improve the reproducibility and integrity of science are typically justified by a narrative of crisis, according to which most published results are unreliable due to growing problems with research and publication practices. This article provides an overview of recent evidence suggesting that this narrative is mistaken, and argues that a narrative of epochal changes and empowerment of scientists would be more accurate, inspiring, and compelling.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 288 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 64 22%
Researcher 49 17%
Student > Bachelor 33 11%
Student > Master 30 10%
Student > Doctoral Student 19 7%
Other 60 21%
Unknown 33 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 53 18%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 34 12%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 22 8%
Neuroscience 18 6%
Social Sciences 18 6%
Other 86 30%
Unknown 57 20%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 339. 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 10 February 2020.
All research outputs
#37,251
of 14,330,197 outputs
Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#989
of 82,318 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#1,817
of 276,706 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#36
of 1,044 outputs
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