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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
  • Among the highest-scoring outputs from this source (#48 of 68,281)
  • 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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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 13 2%
Germany 8 1%
Brazil 7 1%
United Kingdom 6 <1%
France 5 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Chile 2 <1%
Other 16 3%
Unknown 550 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 129 21%
Researcher 118 19%
Student > Bachelor 104 17%
Student > Master 63 10%
Professor 38 6%
Other 165 27%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 117 19%
Medicine and Dentistry 84 14%
Unspecified 62 10%
Psychology 51 8%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 47 8%
Other 256 41%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2975. 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 22 May 2019.
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#242
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Outputs from Nature
#48
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Outputs of similar age
#2
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#1
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