Supposed someone is the editor of a book, in which individual chapters of the book are contributed by different authors. Other researchers cite individual chapters of the book.

Can the editor of the book add these citations (for the individual chapters) to his own citation count?


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No. Generally, an individual's citation count includes only work which they have authored or co-authored.

An editor counting citations of individual chapters of an edited book would be substantially similar to e.g. the editor of a journal adding to her citation count every time an article in the journal is cited. Definitely not an accepted practice.


As an addition to what @ff524 wrote:

Automatic citation detectors may include such "inappropriate" citations if in addition to citing the chapter, the authors decide to separately cite the whole volume. This can happen if it's an obscure or unusual volume and the authors want to be extra clear.

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