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Opinion: Is science really facing a reproducibility crisis, and do we need it to?

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2018
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Mentioned by

news
6 news outlets
blogs
6 blogs
twitter
251 tweeters
facebook
3 Facebook pages
googleplus
2 Google+ users
reddit
4 Redditors

Readers on

mendeley
66 Mendeley
Title
Opinion: Is science really facing a reproducibility crisis, and do we need it to?
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, March 2018
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1708272114
Pubmed ID
Authors

Daniele Fanelli

Abstract

Efforts to improve the reproducibility and integrity of science are typically justified by a narrative of crisis, according to which most published results are unreliable due to growing problems with research and publication practices. This article provides an overview of recent evidence suggesting that this narrative is mistaken, and argues that a narrative of epochal changes and empowerment of scientists would be more accurate, inspiring, and compelling.

Twitter Demographics

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Mendeley readers

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 66 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 17 26%
Researcher 10 15%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Professor > Associate Professor 7 11%
Professor 6 9%
Other 19 29%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 17 26%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 17%
Unspecified 9 14%
Social Sciences 7 11%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 9%
Other 16 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 241. 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 24 May 2018.
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#36,846
of 10,829,034 outputs
Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#976
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Outputs of similar age
#2,275
of 248,656 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#46
of 1,027 outputs
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