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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%
Australia 2 <1%
Other 15 2%
Unknown 875 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 186 20%
Student > Ph. D. Student 164 18%
Researcher 160 17%
Student > Master 87 9%
Professor > Associate Professor 45 5%
Other 168 18%
Unknown 120 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 136 15%
Medicine and Dentistry 123 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 75 8%
Psychology 67 7%
Nursing and Health Professions 60 6%
Other 300 32%
Unknown 169 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2835. 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 2022.
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#1,837
of 21,418,190 outputs
Outputs from Nature
#209
of 88,036 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#4
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Outputs of similar age from Nature
#2
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