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

Regina Nuzzo

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 13 2%
Germany 7 <1%
Brazil 6 <1%
France 5 <1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 15 2%
Unknown 798 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 181 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 156 18%
Researcher 152 18%
Student > Master 81 9%
Professor 45 5%
Other 166 19%
Unknown 78 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 134 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 123 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 70 8%
Psychology 62 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 61 7%
Other 288 34%
Unknown 121 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2898. 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 April 2021.
All research outputs
#1,052
of 17,411,817 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#135
of 79,749 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3
of 258,788 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#2
of 1,039 outputs
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