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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
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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 781 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 180 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 152 18%
Researcher 148 18%
Student > Master 80 10%
Professor 44 5%
Other 162 19%
Unknown 76 9%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 130 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 122 14%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 69 8%
Psychology 61 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 61 7%
Other 279 33%
Unknown 120 14%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2911. 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 27 January 2021.
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#926
of 16,697,177 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#121
of 77,546 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#3
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#2
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