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How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop

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  • In the top 5% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • 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)

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Title
How scientists fool themselves – and how they can stop
Published by
Nature, October 2015
DOI 10.1038/526182a
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Authors

Regina Nuzzo

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 13 2%
Germany 8 1%
Brazil 7 <1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
France 5 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 15 2%
Unknown 639 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 138 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 137 19%
Researcher 127 18%
Student > Master 71 10%
Professor 39 6%
Other 149 21%
Unknown 43 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 127 18%
Medicine and Dentistry 106 15%
Psychology 55 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 54 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 45 6%
Other 245 35%
Unknown 72 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2943. 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 18 January 2020.
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#316
of 14,156,489 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#64
of 71,500 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#2
of 252,600 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#1
of 1,037 outputs
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