Queries related to citing or referencing published or unpublished sources.

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Can my institute use my figure and put their name on it for press releases etc.?

I was wondering if my institute can use a figure which I made for a paper that has been published and crop it slightly and use it for press releases etc. and instead of putting my name underneath the ...
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What papers can you ask someone to cite for using your software?

Ofen Software authors request that users cite a paper of theirs in publications resulting from projects using their software. As such an software author, what logic governs what kind of papers you ...
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Writing a report/paper etc. - How to deal with citations that have poor English?

I've tried looking for suggestions on the internet to my question but haven't found any useful information. I'm writing a paper and I'm quoting/citing various books, journals etc. However, I'm coming ...
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“Anomalous citation patterns” as exclusion criteria in Journal Citation Reports (aka Impact Factor)

Can someone explain how these "anomalous citation patterns" are identified in JCR and what they mean exactly? They sound like the academic version of link farms that Google has to fight against.
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Are Nature Letters still considered primary articles?

I have an article that I want to link as a primary article. I found a really interesting Nature Letter article and I was wondering if this is categorized as a primary article, since it is a "letter": ...
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Citation feed for scholarly works

Is there a site that can provide me a feed of scholarly works that cite another scholarly work as they are published?
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Citing a Work that Cites a Personal Communication

I'm interested in knowing if/how to properly cite a personal communication within a reference and if credit should be given to the primary source (the personal communication), the secondary source ...
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Guidelines for adding references to Powerpoint presentations

I'm wondering if there are guidelines or best practices on adding references to a research Powerpoint presentation. For example, should I put the full citation at the bottom of the slide? Liu, J., ...
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How do I reference papers correctly in my masters thesis? [duplicate]

I have searched but not have found a similar question, although I am sure a duplicate exists. I am currently in the process of writing my masters thesis. I am being very careful about my sources and ...
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How cite sources of 100-years-old analytical technique in a theory section?

In my master’s thesis in inorganic characterization, I have a theory chapter about X-ray (powder) diffraction. This technique is almost 100 years old, and have been described in a vast number of ...
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Endnote outputting mixed citation styles in same document

I am having problems with Endnote outputting a mix of citation styles (or possibly a broken citation style!) in the same document, despite applying the Endnote Frontiers Science style (official, from ...
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dissertation - use images from wikipedia - Gnu Free Doc License, CC License [closed]

there is several images I would like to use in my thesis. The are under GFDL and Creative Commons licences (CC BY 1.0, CC BY-SA 3.0). Q1: How should I properly reference them? Is it satisfactory to ...
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What citation style is mainly used in political science?

According to Wikipedia, the most pertinent styles are Chicago and APSA, which is a variant of Chicago. But I could not find stronger references about this. EDIT. The purpose of my question is the ...
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If a paper cites a work and its translation, is it counted as two citations for calculating h-index?

If a bibliography mentions a work two times, once in its original and once in its translation, how does this count in the author's H-index? E.G.: Everyman, J. (2000), A work on citations, ...
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Why is it said that judging a paper by citation count is a bad idea?

I hear a lot from the experts that citation count is a bad idea as a measure of judging a paper. This seems simply counter-intuitive to me. I would like to know if any study has been done in this ...
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Does it look bad to cite a single review paper repeatedly for many different things?

I am limited to a set number of pages for a research paper I am writing. One trick that I thought of was to find large 'review' papers that talk about a lot of things. For instance: Bubble sort [1] ...
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To cite a publication with two authors in a presentation, should I write “X and Y” or “X et al.”?

I am preparing to give a presentation after few days. Some papers are authored by two people and some are by three. While referring their work during presentation what should I write for two authors. ...
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Is it acceptable to include author names as a substantive part of a sentence as part of a citation?

To give credit where credit is due I strive to make it clear where ideas of others, which I use/refer to in my papers/work, are from. For this I cite and quote and this question is about the correct ...
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Getting secondary citations right

i have some questions regarding secondary citations (in an computer science research paper that should be published in a journal). I know that they should be avoided when possible, but it is not ...
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Is there a trollish/novelty/esoteric citation style?

In programming, there are these so-called "esoteric programming languages" like "LOLCODE" or "Shakespeare," which really have pretty much zero usefulness. They are just kind of a novelty, or if a ...
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How to elegantly make reference when the whole section is a summary of other people's work? [duplicate]

I understand the basic rule that I should always put original sentence in the quotation mark and give a reference to the source. However, what if I dedicate the whole section to the summary of ...
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Should I cite photos in my thesis?

If I use photos in my thesis that I found on Internet, should I cite them? If so, how should the photos be cited? Should I write something like "In Figure 4.5 [9]" or should I cite it in the Appendix? ...
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Citing “p. x” to mean page ten of a book looks confusing since “x” isn't clearly a Roman Numeral

By theory, I should cite page x (page ten) like [Krusche1999, p. x]. If it were on page iii or page xi, it would look better, such as [Krusche1999, p. iii], [Krusche1999, p. xi]. However, it is on ...
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How to cite page from section-page number style document?

I've come across a problem during my bachelor thesis. I'd like to cite a single page in a document, but it uses the "section-page" style of numbering pages of the document. It appear like I'm ...
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How to cite chapter from a report with different authors?

I have to cite a multi-chapter report. Every chapter has different authors, should I cite with the name of the main author and then the specific chapter? Or should I use the first author of the ...
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Citing someone directly with additional information in footnote

I would like to directly quote some sentences of another author who uses a word A which is a synonym for a word B I'm using in my text. Note: I would like to use my word B as the word A is very rare. ...
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Do contemporary publications cite more sources? Why?

When I read very old, classic papers in biology, I am struck by how few sources they cite. Watson and Crick, 1953 cites 6 sources. Luria and Delbrück, 1943 cites 9. Sanger, 1977 cites 14. This is in ...
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How to cite an updated report?

Research reports published on the webpage of the home institution are sometimes updated during the revision process. Suppose a first version was published in 2013, and the update came in 2014, and ...
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What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? [closed]

What are the most frequently cited textbooks in the physics literature? Note: I am not looking for guesses, but answers supported by citations data. What are some good physics citations databases?
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What kind of citation is needed for a whole paragraph?

I'm writing a paper on The Beatles and in this paragraph I'm talking about the formation of the group. I got the info from their biographical book. So it's just a summarized version of a chapter. I ...
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How to cite prices in academia?

In the introduction of my thesis I want to motivate the use of alternative neutron converters to helium-3 by mentioning the exploding cost of latter. I am not directly involved with helium-3, since I ...
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How should I refer to non-permanent Web Pages, via Web Pages saved in PDF format?

This question is only concerning references to non-permanent (and even semi-permanent) information, for example, Web pages (but not limited to web pages). I understand that some researches post the ...
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How can I get lists of scientific articles for data mining purposes? [closed]

I would like to do some data analysis of journal articles. I really just need the titles of the articles, perhaps the abstracts as well. Essentially, I'm analyzing how citation counts, "trendy ...
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Citation for quoting a current accepted value in an abstract?

In the abstract of a scientific report, when comparing an experimentally measured value to a current accepted value, should you provide a citation for it?
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How to quote a quote? [duplicate]

I'm writing my master thesis. I need to quote a cited quote from another paper. So the scenario is that I'm reading a paper and this paper has a quote which is cited from another paper. Now I want to ...
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Possibly fraudulent journal: cite or not to cite? [duplicate]

When I was doing literature review, I came across a paper published in a journal Research Journal of Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology. Now, I can't find this paper anywhere else, no ...
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Citing papers, that are cited within a paper?

I am reading a paper which discussing the change in a specific idea in a field of science over time. I would like to basically summarize the points in the paper but in a smaller fashion by taking some ...
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Why are some professors critical of even casual use of Wikipedia?

Many of the professors and lecturers I come across are very critical of Wikipedia, but they never give proper support for their claims of "Wikipedia is bullshit!". And they threaten "Do not use ...
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How to differentiate long paraphrasing and original ideas with APA in-text citations?

Let's say I have the following paragraph: Smith (2011) contends that blah blah blah. Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah. This allows for one to decide ...
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If I use results from a source I don't have access to, should I include it in references?

Let's say, I am writing a paper. I am reading paper A that cites results in Paper/Book B. I do not have access to Paper/Book B. In the list of references, do I include only A? A and B?
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What are the best ways to organize one's research workflow when using multiple Operating Systems?

I have a good memory, but some of the fields I'm working in (NLP, Semantic Web, Information Visualization, Machine Learning) are quickly expanding. While I do have a good method of keeping track of ...
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References in a PhD thesis in mathematics [closed]

I have a few questions about the references in a PhD thesis in mathematics: What would be a "normal" range of items there? I am not sure if there is only a few items in the reference it may not be ...
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How to cite a method that has a huge history of contribitors?

I'm finishing my first paper, and am struggling with the citations a bit. I have used a particular implementation of an algorithm. The citation of the guys who thought of this particular variation ...
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Is it okay for the author field to contain names of research labs?

I find most articles through EBSCO and similar search tools, then export the BibTeX details to my own bibliography.bib file. Recently, I found some BibTeX files with a strange author field, containing ...
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In the Harvard referencing style, is it wrong to put references in footnotes?

I have a discussion with my mate about how to reference with the Harvard referencing style. I would say it is wrong to do the referencing like in the picture below. My suggestion was that the ...
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Must one find references to fit knowledge already known from education or experience?

Recently I wrote a course paper on a subject connecting my major to my current major. In the background section, I listed quite a bit of essential information I think is information that is readily ...
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My name was misspelled in a citation, what should I do?

Recently, a newly published paper in a journal cited one of our papers and managed to misspell my name in the reference list. How should I deal with this? Simply ignore this? Or should I contact the ...
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How to cite a dataset, when my calculations relied on the data?

Occasionally I need to present some figures that I calculated with custom scripts against a dataset, such as a dictionary, text corpus, or some form of lexical database. The calculations are my own, ...
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Should I cite every study that supports my point?

Suppose I'm writing a paper and at some point in the paper (e.g. the background section), I write that "Vanilla ice cream is healthier than chocolate ice cream." I search EBSCO and find check all ...
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How should I cite StackOverflow questions in my term paper? [duplicate]

I'm working on a term paper for a CS course. I wish to add some stackoverflow answers as references, particularly when I used code from an answer. What's the format I should follow for this?