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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Crediting sources one has found citations from

Suppose that I am doing a literature review on a topic, and I read paper A, which makes an interesting claim and references paper B as its source. Naturally, as paper B is then the primary source, I ...
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How should “et al.” be used for parenthetical versus non-parenthetical citations using the APA citation style?

Someone told me that in APA style you treat parenthetical versus non-parenthetical in-text references separately when applying et al. For example, let's say you're citing Smith, Jones, and Roberts (...
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How do I appropriately use inline citations for multiple quoted paragraphs?

I'm writing a paper where I have a number of sentences across a few paragraphs, all from the same source. How should I use inline citations in this situation? Should I put them after each listed fact ...
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Is it reasonable to cite published computational results rather than reproduce them yourself?

In computer science, when we write an academic paper, we often have to include comparative results that our method has some kind of quantitative advantage against some other state of the art results. ...
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How to find all of the responses to a published research paper?

While searching through various journals with my library's on-line journal search tools, I have occasionally found short articles which are simply comments on other published papers. These short ...
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Why is it unusual to add a date to scientific papers? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the date left out of some academic papers? A scientific paper usually begins with a title, a list of authors with contact information and affiliation, and an abstract. ...
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How to cite conference contribution that appears later in a Journal Supplement

People from our group attended some important conferences (Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society, etc) and sent abstracts that were accepted as posters or talks. Later, the abstract appears in a ...
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Is there any referencing style analyzer?

As different journals and Conference proceedings have different reference styles, it is very much important to quickly identify the specific reference style they prefer. To do this, is there any ...
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Will self-citation be viewed as self-promotion in academia?

As we know, citation counts are important to judge one's research activity. Is it good to cite one's previous works? Will it be viewed as an act of advertisement or self-promotion?
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Is it ok to cite someone who provided a bad citation for correct information?

In a master's thesis the author provided a seemingly incorrect citation. ( Link to paper citation 4) The information is obviously correct but in the cited paper I couldn't find any reference to the ...
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Are there any universal rules for bibliographic references recognised all over the world?

There seem to exist many bibliographic reference styles and many universities have their own guidelines too. I wonder, whether there exist any universal guidelines for formatting bibliographic ...
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Why is the date left out of some academic papers?

Being somewhat familiar with referencing of academic papers as a source, it has struck me as odd why authors would leave out some date on their paper. The date could be the day the author completed ...
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How many referees are required on a resume/CV?

I have looked at a number of academic resumes to get a feeling for what people expect. I see that the number of referees that people give at the bottom of their resume varies quite a bit. My ...
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How do I use/add first name (or forename) in citation?

I like to use first names (or forename) to cite the work of others. It has become even more relevent when I found that somebody working in my field shares my initial and surname. However, this is not ...
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Is it a faux pas to ask for a colleague's figure in a separate but related publication?

I'm an undergraduate with virtually no experience with the expectations of academia (so I apologize in advance for the silly question). I'm finishing up a paper describing my research and would like ...
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Is use of multiple bibliographies, especially with annotations, in a thesis, accepted?

As I am reviewing sources for my thesis, I am citing my sources in an (APA style) annotated bibliography (as required). However, I am also finding some excellent points from other sources that are ...
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What is the average number of articles written per author in a year and has it increased recently?

Did anyone research the data about scientific productivity? I.e. what is the average number of articles written by author in a year in a specific field? I am referring to average, since this is maybe ...
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Publishing DOIs instead of traditional references?

Today's world is electronic, there is vision of semantic web and yet we still submit references in numerous versions of various journals. In medicine, many journals have special rules about after how ...
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Web Service to fetch article citations

I am trying to find a way to search for all the citations contained in an article. What I want to do is create a workflow for my research where: I have a pool of articles that I have already read. I ...
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Should one update a manuscript to current state-of-art when re-submitting?

Publishing in a journal is a long process that might take a lot of time (> 1 year), and is possibly involved of several phases (submit, re-submit, re-re-submit...) As the time passes, things change. ...
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Why are some sources cited twice in a bibliography, once with DOI and once with arXiv?

Just to clarify what I mean, I have seen some review articles that have bibliography items like this: Bloggs, J., "The Paper that has Been Written", The Journal Title, Series Number, page number(...
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What year to use when citing second editions of books

This seems like a silly question, but I can't find a clear answer online. If Dr. Brainiac's Big Book of Science was first published in 1974, but I have the second edition, published in 1996, should I ...
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How to sort search results from SCOPUS or Web of Knowledge by number of citation in a specific field?

I use SCOPUS or Web of Knowledge to search papers. What I need to do is to sort the result in a descending order of number of citations. SCOPUS and W_of_K both provide this feature. But I further ...
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Ethics of a journal requiring that submissions cite existing articles in the journal

Recently, I became aware by own experiences and friend's stories that some international statistical journals (whose names I prefer to omit) are rejecting papers because they do not include a ...
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How to mark/cite text that you only translated?

In my thesis I included some pages of a foreign specification. To improve the reader's convenience I have translated them as they are vital to my topic and I can't paraphrase them. How do I properly ...
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Determining common knowledge in an unfamiliar field

What is the best strategy to determine common knowledge in an unfamiliar field? I have provided an example below, but I am not looking for an answer specific to that example. We have an answered ...
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Automatically building a database of forward and backward citations

My goal is to produce a graph showing the linkages (and lack there of) between several fields that share a common subproblem by showing who cites whom. There are many databases that show citations ...
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How can I encourage my advisor to adopt better work practices?

I'm a second year PhD student. In general I love my advisor, but recently we've run into some small bumps in the road while working on a paper together. He's controlling the "master" copy and I send ...
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Identifying new references when appending to existing reference list

I am building a database from several online sources like Engineering Village. Everyday I am searching different/close/related keywords that pertains to my research topic. Then, I am (everyday) ...
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What category does a collection of mathematics tricks come under?

I am currently researching on Recreational Mathematics - Mathematical Tricks and I have come across this article: Ten Amazing Mathematical Tricks . This article is of free style and does not follows ...
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Batch editing references

I imported many pdf articles into Mendeley but saw that Mendeley did not capture all the fields correctly. So, I needed to change them manually. It would be a tedious job to do so with many documents. ...
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On citing “common knowledge” statements

I am an undergraduate student with no experience at all. If you are writing a research paper, that you are planning to submit for publication, how do you state that a particular statement/fact is ...
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What are “getcited.org” and “getcited.com” for?

What is the purpose of getcited.org and getcited.com? I am completely new to researching and paper publishing and I frequently get results from this site in Google Scholar Search. I am absolutely ...
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How can I get the DOI of a paper from its title?

Is there a way to get the DOI (Document Object Identifier) of a research paper when its title is available? I am preparing a reference database I could not get the URL of all the references. So, I ...
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Site with statistics of publications/citations per country?

I'm looking for a site (other than Scimago) that presents statistics of published papers and/or citations per country. However, I need more detail than that presented in Scimago. Ideally, I would like ...
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On citing books as references in papers

I am an undergraduate student with no experience and no guidance from any teacher whatsoever. I have done research on Recreational Mathematics (Maths tricks). I have a lot of new tricks to introduce, ...
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Does Impact Factor reflect the quality of a journal?

Is the impact factor really useful for judging the quality of a journal article?
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How do you cite from a presentation or poster at a conference?

For example, a presentation whose PDF is listed at http://www.astro.ex.ac.uk/exoclimes/2012/pdf/talks/Day02_Ferreira.pdf? And what if the presentation doesn't have a publicly available URL? How would ...
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What's the correct way to cite a paper cited by another paper?

The example is when you might be reading a certain paper, and the authors refer to another paper. You can't get that other paper as it's unpublished, or it's in a language that you can't read, or ...
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How should references in non-Latin script language be treated in English paper?

Let's say I want to cite a Russian text in my own paper which is written in English. Should I: reference it as is, in the original Cyrillic alphabet, although the readers won't be able even to ...
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arXiv preprint and final paper differing by sections and appendices

Because of the style of a journal, and the space limit, I was asked to remove a section and all appendices. While I have no problem with that, I want to preserve it in the arXiv preprint. So: Is ...
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How to reference different sources in a list?

I am writing my master thesis and I am not sure how to reference/cite different sources in a list. I have a small list like: The benefits of an "incredibly interesting topic" are: benefit ...
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Citing sources of problems in assignments

This question was raised by Dave Clarke here. When a textbook author approaches a topic in a novel way or presents a particularly interesting example, I believe that a teacher who creates lecture ...
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Attributing contributions to academic work that occur in Stack Exchange

Sometimes we may ask questions on stack exchange or online forums wherein the response is helpful or even essential to a piece of work that gets published in an academic journal. If this occurs, how ...
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Citing (or not) a flawed or incomprehensible paper or preprint

Is there a good practice of citing (or not) a paper or preprint that you consider flawed (or at best - totally incomprehensible)? Once I had a problem of that sort. I wrote a paper on a topic, which ...
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Why is the city of publication important in most bibliography format?

Most bibliography formats require the city of publication for books. Why? In this digital era, ISBN would be way more important. But even before the digitalization of everything, why was the city of ...
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What to do if my paper is incorrectly cited in a journal?

Recently I got a cite in a research paper where the author cited my work as [first name] et al, where it should have been [last name] et al. Is there any problem for indexing purpose? should I contact ...
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Is it advisable to use a URL link shortening service when writing an academic article?

Is it OK to present a URL using a link shortening service such as bit.ly? The reason I'm asking is that I think it's a lot easier to enter this URL (e.g., if you read it in a paper) as opposed to full ...
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Can I cite a URL only instead of author, title, etc. in a research paper?

When writing a thesis, is it acceptable practice to cite only the URL of referenced research papers where they are published electronically? Or is it compulsory to give proper authors, title, year of ...
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Should I Cite a Journal's Page Number, or an Article's?

When I'm citing a page in a journal, and the article has an independent page numbering system, should I cite the page number of the journal or the article?