A recent report published June 8 on citation bias found scientific citations tend to lean toward more positive results.
According to the report, citation bias occurred most frequently in biomedical sciences articles and was least frequent in natural sciences.
Researchers mulled over 52 studies total in Web of Science Core Collection and Medline. Each study was branched into categories based on “scientific discipline, selection method and other variables,” according to the article’s abstract.
“Articles with statistically significant results were cited 1.6 times more often than articles with non-significant results,” the abstract reads. “Articles in which the authors explicitly conclude to have found support for their hypothesis were cited 2.7 times as often.”
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