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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
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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 11 1%
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 807 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 181 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 158 18%
Researcher 151 17%
Student > Master 83 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 45 5%
Other 166 19%
Unknown 82 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 135 16%
Medicine and Dentistry 122 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 70 8%
Psychology 65 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 60 7%
Other 287 33%
Unknown 127 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2896. 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 25 June 2021.
All research outputs
#1,187
of 18,028,029 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#150
of 80,895 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3
of 260,499 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#2
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