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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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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 13 2%
Germany 8 1%
Brazil 7 <1%
France 5 <1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 15 2%
Unknown 655 91%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 140 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 137 19%
Researcher 131 18%
Student > Master 73 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 39 5%
Other 151 21%
Unknown 47 7%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 125 17%
Medicine and Dentistry 106 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 57 8%
Psychology 55 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 47 7%
Other 249 35%
Unknown 79 11%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2969. 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 04 April 2020.
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#425
of 14,574,683 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#72
of 72,778 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3
of 250,771 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Nature
#2
of 1,037 outputs
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