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Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2014
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Title
Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, April 2014
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1404402111
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Authors

B. Alberts, M. W. Kirschner, S. Tilghman, H. Varmus

Abstract

The long-held but erroneous assumption of never-ending rapid growth in biomedical science has created an unsustainable hypercompetitive system that is discouraging even the most outstanding prospective students from entering our profession--and making it difficult for seasoned investigators to produce their best work. This is a recipe for long-term decline, and the problems cannot be solved with simplistic approaches. Instead, it is time to confront the dangers at hand and rethink some fundamental features of the US biomedical research ecosystem.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 135 8%
France 10 <1%
United Kingdom 9 <1%
Brazil 5 <1%
Canada 5 <1%
Portugal 4 <1%
Switzerland 4 <1%
Netherlands 3 <1%
Germany 3 <1%
Other 35 2%
Unknown 1408 87%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 432 27%
Student > Ph. D. Student 387 24%
Professor 154 10%
Professor > Associate Professor 140 9%
Other 117 7%
Other 293 18%
Unknown 98 6%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 620 38%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 187 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 148 9%
Neuroscience 69 4%
Engineering 64 4%
Other 374 23%
Unknown 159 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 1290. 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 20 September 2021.
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#5,911
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Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#200
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Outputs of similar age
#24
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Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#3
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