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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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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 You can't get that other paper as it's unpublished, or it's in a language that you can't read, or ...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?
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How important are citations when applying for jobs or promotions?

How important is citation count for fresh doctorates? Is this number more important for joining the academia than the industry? What is the importance of citations for someone seeking tenure? Does ...
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Tool to manage and/or make available a list of my publications on the web?

This some kind of follow up question to How to prevent plagiarism of my papers?, since I've been clearly convinced that it was in my best interest to put my own papers on my webpage. Now, since I ...
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How should multiple Harvard references with same first author but different coauthors be made?

This question was written by a friend of mine. I'm helping them by posting it here, with permission. How should I use the name-year referencing system (loosely speaking, the Harvard system) in such ...
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Is it worth to switch from Bibsonomy to Mendeley?

What are the advantages of Mendeley over Bibsonomy? Is it easy to migrate from Bibsonomy to Mendeley? Does Mendeley offer equally powerful bibliography exportation? In detail, the following ...
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How do I effectively use tags to organize my bibliography?

I use the online tool citeulike to manage my bibliography. The main tool to organize the library is tags (functionally equivalent to tags here on this site). One problem I seem to be having is I do a ...
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