Media Attention to Science

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How has media attention to science changed over the past decade? Does media attention bring scientific attention too? To answer these questions, we collected media attention statistics from for over 40,000 papers published in PNAS journal in the last 13 years. Our analysis reveals that (i) Media attention to science has slowly, but steadily increased over time, (ii) Media attention doesn't necessarily translate into scientific attention (citations) and, (iii) It is non-trivial to predict the amount of media attention a paper gets from attributes such as authors, author affiliations, abstract, and title.


Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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