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 those who thought of this particular variation and implementation of the algorithm is clear, but should I also include the creators of the original idea, and not just the implementation that I use?
In the case of genetic algorithms, seems like a tower where quite a lot of people have worked on (see Wikipedia for a short history), and it isn’t really clear who put the first or most important stone. Most people cite the work of J. Holland who popularized it, but that also doesn’t really feel right, since I wouldn’t give credit to all the others. On the other hand I don’t want to spend half a page repeating the history of the idea, citing 15 papers or so.
Some options that crossed my mind:
- Is it enough to refer to the name of the idea (of which the detailed history is quite accessible such in the example)?
- A huge list of citations [5,6,7,8,...,20].
- Referring to a source that has a nice overview of the history.
What would you advise?