A bibliometric assessment of the incidence of amyloid-Eszett (Aß), a false positive of amyloid-beta (Aβ), in the neurodegenerative disease literature

Nazarovets, S. and Teixeira da Silva, J. A. (2023) A bibliometric assessment of the incidence of amyloid-Eszett (Aß), a false positive of amyloid-beta (Aβ), in the neurodegenerative disease literature European Journal of Neuroscience, 115. pp. 1-3.

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Abstract

One claimed reason for the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a prominent neurodegenerative disease, is the extracellular aggregation of amyloid-beta (Aβ). A linguistic or formatting error has resulted in the misrepresentation of the Greek letter β with the German letter Eszett (ß), resulting in the formation of a non-existent compound, amyloid-Eszett (Aß). This editorial offers a quantified appreciation of the AD-related literature carrying a mention of this false positive in the title, abstract and keywords of papers indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection. A search on 1 May 2023 revealed 149 results. The highest incidence of false positives per year was observed in 2012 (41 cases). The journal with the highest incidence of amyloid-ß was the Journal of Neurochemistry (nine times), most cases (58) were found in Wiley journals, while authors with a US affiliation accounted for most (42) false positives. This erroneous substitution of a Greek letter (in Aβ) by a German one (Aß), despite giving a non-existent compound, will likely not change the underlying scientific conclusions of the affected papers, although errata might be useful to enlighten others, including metadata managers and journal copyeditors, so as not to repeat the same mistake.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease; errors; false positive; indexing; precision
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Scopus
Статті у наукометричних базах > Web of Science
Divisions: Бібліотека
Depositing User: Сергій Андрійович Назаровець
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2023 10:32
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2023 14:38
URI: https://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/45441

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