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I came across this article which has section named uncited references.

Why it is there and what is the purpose of that section ?

  • This is an unnecessary originality of the authors of that article. – phys_chem_prof Nov 14 '15 at 13:42
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I have seen this a couple of times before in published works. In my fields, it does not occur too often.

Uncited references refer to relevant papers, books etc related in some way to the study in the paper, but were not directly cited in the study itself (they are included in the References section). Essentially, it is an 'additional reading list'.

This can potentially add some legitimacy to the study by listing related published peer review research, but also could be seen as unnecessary 'clutter'.

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    +1. This practice is often frowned upon - if a reference is relevant to your work, you should explain how it is relevant and cite it in the text (then it won't be uncited any more), and if it is not relevant, it shouldn't be in an "uncited references" section, either. – S. Kolassa - Reinstate Monica Oct 27 '15 at 7:55
  • @StephanKolassa yes, that is quite true - I have added that it can also be seen as unnecessary clutter - I saw a paper with the 'uncited reference' list far larger than the cited list - it was very distracting. – user41783 Oct 27 '15 at 7:57
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    Interesting. I only knew about the difference between "references" (items cited in the paper) and "bibliography" (relevant readings on the topic but not cited in the paper). The phrase "uncited references" is new to me. – FraEnrico Oct 27 '15 at 8:12

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