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Questions tagged [citations]

Questions about when to cite a certain work, which work to cite, etc. For questions on formatting a given citation, use [citation-style].

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ArXiv preprint not showing “bibliographic data”

My ArXiv preprint doesn't show any bibliographic data (references, citations, etc.). For example, this other ArXiv preprint (see fig screenshot below) does show the said bib data. Question Does ...
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In medical research, what is the relative value of confirming old work vs. new discoveries?

I am an MS student in medical immunology. I am looking for my research proposal, and would like to get a nice publication (i.e., publish in a journal with a high impact factor). Given this, is it ...
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Citing a paper published multiple times

This question is a special case of this one, which has no satisfying answer in my opinion. I often encounter papers that have been published twice (or more), without any modification. An example is ...
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reprinting permission of an instrument image on a website

I have read about reprinting other authors tables and figures, but I couldn't find anything on reprinting laboratory instrument pictures from their manufacturer websites. Can I use instrument photos ...
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Cheaper alternative citation managers for Mendeley [duplicate]

I am using Mendeley for paper and citation manager. Mendeley have 2 thing I need: index, searchable in all paper (title, author, content, ...) auto-lookup all information (title, author, conf, ...). ...
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Citing contemporaneous (interlaced?) preprints

In my area of research distributing preprints of results is very common. Consider the following seqence of events: Group A finishes paper P, distributes it as a preprint and submits to a journal ...
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Instead of an old work, can I cite a new work that shares an author and cites it?

In my research field (operations research), several works have been published in the last couple of years by different authors that cover most of the recent developments in the field. I’m writing a ...
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How to provide price comparision of commercial products

I'm in the middle of finalizing my thesis. The goal of it was to develop a system that perfroms certain set of tasks. There are already commerical products that exist as hardware and/or software ...
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Why publish a research paper when a blog post or a lecture slide can have more citation count than a journal paper?

I am quite surprised to find that a lecture slide for a course has 133 citations from highly reputable researchers across the world. The main contribution of the lecture slides (which seems to be the ...
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Should undergraduates cite their own unpublished photos, tables, etc.? [closed]

Please forgive me for joining the site and immediately asking a question. I hope to be more useful in the future. I checked to see if this question had been answered before, but no luck. I am an ...
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Citing paywalled articles accessed via illegal web sharing

There are a few sites which offer paid articles for free. It’s something unethical, especially for those who upload to that site, but for me, it’s good for expanding knowledge. As a readers, can we ...
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Citing a reference multiple times

I am trying to write an introduction to a grant proposal (not for actual research, but because it is part of an assignment that was given to me as an organic chemistry student). I am trying to ...
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Should I cite R or RStudio?

I ran my data analysis and created my graphs in RStudio, but RStudio is just a platform for R. In my paper should I cite R or RStudio?
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Is there a celebrity culture in academia and should we discourage it? [closed]

I work in STEM, and in recent years I have been troubled by this trend in academia where certain individuals are elevated to the status of celebrities. Their appearances alone draw crowds in the ...
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CMoS author-date in-text year placement with title

In the Chicago Manual of Style author-date system, if I give the title of a work explicitly in the text, does the year come after the author or after the title? In John Doe's (2010) I Love my ...
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How can I validate a citation that is genuine in google scholar but as a *?

Google Scholar may mark citation counts with an asterisk (*), meaning: This "Cited by" count includes citations to the following articles in Scholar. The ones marked * may be different from the ...
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What are acceptable citations within a research paper for a peer-review journal?

For a bit of background, I'm a non-academic, so I'm not familiar with the process of submitting a paper for peer-review or anything technical (I have learned that non-academics can submit papers but ...
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Properly citing an image from a website

I'm using an image from https://fermi.gsfc.nasa.gov/science/eteu/agn/ on the Unified Model of AGNs, and I've captioned it The AGN unified model, showing the BLR and NLR, as well as different types ...
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How to track the papers that cited one specific paper

Problem In order to understand a paper better, someone suggested reading the commentary of a paper X first before actually reading the original paper. However, this seems to be a nontrivial task ...
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References must be cited vs. need not be cited

In reviewing publishing guidelines prior to submission to a journal, it is listed that "References need not be cited in text." This is also listed in the style guide for the associated professional ...
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Lost citations on Scholar

Checked my citation score and it turns out three citations (from 3 different articles) disappeared over the weekend. How can this be explained? I just hope it's some weird bug in the crawler. Anything ...
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Fermi problem: How much of the published primary literature is never cited and will this number increase relatively? [closed]

I stumbled over this to me interesting Q&A solving a fermi question by estimating the right order of magnitude. In the age of publish or perish in my opinion it becomes a crucial question for ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a piece of academic work when the author has been charged with child pornography?

It has recently come to my attention that a renowned scholar in my field whose academic journals have been highly influential in my area of research has recently been charged with child pornography. ...
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Is it acceptable to include a paper in the reference list but not cite it in text?

A paper (quite) related to some work my coauthors and I have recently appeared as a preprint. This paper cites ours; however, it does not do so in the body of the paper (intro, proofs, etc.), but only ...
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Should proceedings titles and conference names be capitalized in APA?

Recently, a publisher sent back a paper because of capitalization issues in my references. Now I am trying to following APA closely and fixing everything. I just now found out that only journal titles ...
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Is it possible to know about the research quality of a professor from the number of citations of his/her papers in Google Scholar?

I am in the process of advisor searching for a PhD in mathematics. I came across this site called Google Scholar which lists nearly all the publications of a professor. I found that many professors ...
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Avoiding plagiarism without citing every sentence

To truly avoid any allegation of plagiarism, one would separately cite every sentence whose idea has been taken from elsewhere. In my field though, many journal editors will not accept this amount of ...
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How to deal with my results being stolen?

I have experienced a couple of times the following problem: I have asked another researcher to cooperate and provided mathematical results (as a basis for an algorithm). The cooperation has not ...
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What's the easiest way to get a references section into a single citation format if they vary to begin with?

I have a ~5 page references section with citations added by various authors in varying formats. What's the easiest way to get them all into the same format? The two options I see are to do it ...
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How to cite a bookchapter that is accepted and To appear?

I have a book chapter that is accepted and I want to cite it on a conference paper that I should upload its camera ready today. What is the best way to cite it ? here is my bibtex. @inbook{...
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Is referencing a technical report in an improper format plagiarism?

Suppose someone uses a report such as technical report in an article or school work, but in the references at the end of document they just reference it like: Author A, Author B, title, year I.e., ...
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Does use of computer translation as an aide when writing a paper require a citation or disclosure?

Related (not duplicates): Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand? Would it be ethical to hire a proofreader for theses and academic articles? One of the things that I ...
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How to reference the results of Kaggle and other similar competitions in an academic paper?

I'm working on a topic in machine learning, and along with formal published journal and conference papers, there are some different approaches which have yielded decent results in Kaggle - but these ...
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Citing an unpublished article [duplicate]

I am about to submit an article to a journal a for review. I would like to cite another paper of mine that has not yet been submitted. Is it acceptable to include the citation this stage with the ...
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Can i reference an article that is still under review [duplicate]

I am about to submit an article to a journal a for review. The article currently cites another paper of mine that is under review with a different journal. The citation is useful because the two ...
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Convince coauthors of reducing self-citations

I am writing a paper jointly with coauthors from another research group. In their contributions to the paper they include a lot of self-citations, many of which are (in my opinion) irrelevant. How ...
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Do we cite authors or papers when using author/year citations?

Numbered citations In my field, we usually use only numbered citations, e.g. As shown in [1], the sky is blue. This means that we obviously refer to a certain the paper (which can be found under [...
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Mendeley Harvard reference format

Does anyone know where I can find a correct Harvard reference format to upload on Mendeley Desktop and use it with the Mendeley Word plug-in? It seems that the ones available are not correct. Thanks
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Citing published papers while using their pre-print versions

Is it unethical if we cite a paper with mentioning the publication venue (e.g,. author, "paper title," journal name, year) when quoting or mentioning some idea from it, while we have not even seen the ...
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Should I cite myself in my PhD proposal?

I am writing a research proposal for a PhD, and I am referring to my earlier research, which is published in a scientific journal. Should I cite myself? It feels a little preposterous, but I can ...
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Citing a rejected paper in related work

A paper was uploaded to Arxiv that is very similar to my research. I cited it in the related work section of the paper I am currently working on. I was planning on noting the shortcomings of this ...
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Article: Author information when occupation has changed [duplicate]

I'm currently the main author of a paper. The work was performed when I was working at university X. However, I will start at a new university Y in one month, and the conference I'm presenting the ...
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Is it appropriate to cite a paper in a language I don't understand?

Some months back I got into a situation where a paper with information that I considered important to prove a point was in a language I cannot understand. Since it was important but not crucial, I ...
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How to reference to a statement that itself is referenced by a paper other than original paper? [duplicate]

When I read a statement in a paper that is itself derived from another paper, how should I reference it when I use it in my own article? Should I reference the original article or the second article, ...
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Should I include the country when citing government agencies in APA?

I use APA citation style. When I cite a government agency as the author or publisher of a work, should I include "United States", "U.S.", or omit the country entirely? Is it ever appropriate to ...
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Citing multiple Github repositories with a single citation

I have reached the maximum paper length and already shortened everything as possible. I use 4 different github repositories, which I mention in my paper. Unfortunately, there is absolutely no room ...
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Citing a Book Chapter where the book is not yet published, and the bibliographic details are not known

I'm trying to reference a book chapter (I have the title for this). But the book's title is not yet confirmed and neither is the order of the chapters, or the size of the book (meaning page numbers ...
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Publish more in less cited journals, or publish less in more cited journals?

Grad student just getting started here, this question popped in my head this morning when stumbling across a former colleague that has already published a lot but in journals with low h-indexes. ...
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How common is reference/citation padding?

I recently discovered a paper of mine (pure mathematics) has been cited by a paper in a very different field (an area of applied mathematics) that I have nothing to do with. The reference to my paper ...
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Why don't papers cite results within their references more specifically?

For example, An explicit formula for ___ has been derived in [1]. [1]: Alice and Bob, Journal of Academia StackExchange, Vol 1 Iss 1, 2016 Problem is, the paper cited could very well include ...