January 19, 2022

New Research Article: “Allegation of Scientific Misconduct Increases Twitter Attention (Preprint)

The following preprint was recently shared by the authors on arXiv.


Allegation of Scientific Misconduct Increases Twitter Attention


Lutz Bornmann
Max Planck Society

Robin Haunschild
Max Planck Society


via arXiv


The web-based microblogging system Twitter is a very popular altmetrics source for measuring the broader impact of science. In this case study, we demonstrate how problematic the use of Twitter data for research evaluation can be, even though the aspiration of measurement is degraded from impact to attention measurement. We collected the Twitter data for the paper published by Yamamizu et al. (2017). An investigative committee found that the main figures in the paper are fraudulent.

Direct to Full Text Article (Preprint)
6 pages; PDF.

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