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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 10 <1%
Brazil 6 <1%
France 5 <1%
Germany 4 <1%
United Kingdom 4 <1%
Finland 3 <1%
Spain 3 <1%
Switzerland 3 <1%
Chile 2 <1%
Other 14 1%
Unknown 1029 95%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 188 17%
Student > Ph. D. Student 171 16%
Researcher 164 15%
Student > Master 92 8%
Professor > Associate Professor 48 4%
Other 172 16%
Unknown 248 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 138 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 124 11%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 80 7%
Psychology 69 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 60 6%
Other 313 29%
Unknown 299 28%
Attention Score in Context

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2695. 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 09 July 2024.
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#2,811
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Outputs from Nature
#287
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Outputs of similar age
#10
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#4
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