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Study claims that there are too many studies

Posted on Monday, 16 March, 2015 | Comment icon 22 comments

Scientists have reached a rather unexpected conclusion. Image Credit:
There are now so many new papers being published that scientists are having a hard time keeping up.
The ironic conclusion came courtesy of a study conducted by professors from universities in Finland and California.

In their paper entitled "Attention decay in science", the researchers argued that it was becoming increasingly difficult to keep track of all the publications relevant to any given area of research.

"The attention that can be devoted to individual papers, measured by their citation counts, is bound to decay rapidly," they wrote.

This "information overload" can also be found in our everyday lives as well thanks to improvements in information technology in recent years and the ready availability of data on the Internet.

Source: Independent | Comments (22)

Tags: Science, Studies

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Harte on 17 March, 2015, 8:07
Agree with the panel, we need a study til confirm that there are way to may studies...I will study that with vigor ! Leading to a study that would reveal that there are too many studies of studies. Scientists, once again, would be "baffled." Harte
Comment icon #14 Posted by LarsSonicFan on 17 March, 2015, 9:02
and that study leads to another study
Comment icon #15 Posted by Harte on 17 March, 2015, 9:44
I'll need to study up on that to help me keep it straight. Harte
Comment icon #16 Posted by highdesert50 on 17 March, 2015, 11:53
The number of studies is reflective of the scope of innovation and observation. Yet journal review and publication has changed very little in deference to the technology now available to better systematize the process and product. More emphasis on meta-tagging and systematically databasing elements of studies reflective of questions being asked, methods, results, conclusions, generalizability, and reliability would expedite review, searches, and allow more systematic meta-analyses to occur; meta-analysis comprises statistical methods for contrasting and combining results from different studies... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by Sir Smoke aLot on 17 March, 2015, 13:09
Now, after this study, it's obvious that there are too many unnecessary ( not to say stupid ) studies. Hey, beer should be used preventively against diseases, i remember that one
Comment icon #18 Posted by GreenmansGod on 17 March, 2015, 14:18
I think they are really about the number of people getting PhD's and Master degrees which require doing a paper which sometimes needs a study. What is needed is a better system of Journals, peer review, grants and organisation in science. Then there are corporations doing studies for profit and gain.
Comment icon #19 Posted by clare256 on 17 March, 2015, 19:04
This reminds me of an article I typeset for a medical journal. It was written by a psychologist who did a "study of saving habits of various groups. He stated that it was a mystery to him why the poor couldn't save the same percentage of their income and those of medium to higher income levels. It's a mystery to me how someone that stupid could get a college degree.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Saitung on 18 March, 2015, 7:17
Whew! I thought it was just me?
Comment icon #21 Posted by B'Elanna on 20 March, 2015, 7:04
They are saying there are so many papers it's hard to keep up and wrote another paper stating the fact? They just can't stop, can they?
Comment icon #22 Posted by Sundew on 24 March, 2015, 11:19
Irony at its most boring.

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