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Scientometrics

, Volume 115, Issue 2, pp 1097–1100 | Cite as

Allegation of scientific misconduct increases Twitter attention

  • Lutz Bornmann
  • Robin Haunschild
Article

Abstract

The web-based microblogging platform 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. (Stem Cell Rep 8(3):634–647, 2017. doi:  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stemcr.2017.01.023). An investigative committee found that the main figures in the paper are fraudulent.

Keywords

Twitter Altmetrics Scientific misconduct 

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© Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, Hungary 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division for Science and Innovation StudiesAdministrative Headquarters of the Max Planck SocietyMunichGermany
  2. 2.Max Planck Institute for Solid State ResearchStuttgartGermany

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