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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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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Should diacritics be kept when citing a paper written in an abundant diacritics Latin-based script language?

Diacritics, or tone marks (as what they're called in my language), are symbols added to letters to change their sound. For example, diacritics for the letter a in my language can be ă, â, à, á, ả, ã, ...
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My name was misspelled in a citation, what should I do?

Recently, a newly published paper in a journal cited one of our papers and managed to misspell my name in the reference list. How should I deal with this? Simply ignore this? Or should I contact the ...
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What software to cite in a manuscript, and how?

When writing a manuscript for a scientific article, I often wonder what software I should cite or acknowledge, and how. The first problem is to make a choice which software to cite. On the one hand, ...
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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 You can't get that other paper as it's unpublished, or it's in a language that you can't read, or ...
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Will minor mistakes in my bachelor's thesis harm my future career as a researcher?

I'm in a total disaster right now because it feels like I have no chance of being a researcher anymore. Months ago, I submitted my Bachelor's thesis. Days later, I realized that I printed a wrong ...
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When someone cites one of your papers, is it a good idea to send an email to the authors to show appreciation?

For an early career researcher in physics or science in general, is it a good idea to send a "thank you" email to other authors who cited one of the researcher's papers? Will this be perceived in a ...
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How to cite earlier work, discovered only at the end, that claims similar results to a recently completed project?

At the end of writing up our manuscript, we discover that there has been another earlier study in a very different context (but using a physical model very similar to ours) that claims a similar ...
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How to write a good PhD literature review?

I am in the early stages of my PhD and I am trying to put together a literature review of my topic. My intention is that this review will eventually be included in my thesis, something like "the ...
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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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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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Should citations on PowerPoint slides be shortened?

Are there guidelines or best practices for adding references to a research PowerPoint presentation? For example, should I put the full citation at the bottom of the slide? Liu, J., Rinzler, A. G., ...
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How to remove citations from Google Scholar profile?

As the number of citations to some of my articles recently increased, I took a look to see who cites me among the articles listed on Google Scholar. To my surprise I found that I was cited in a ...
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When is it appropriate to describe research as "recent"?

I want to write: "A recent study ...", The particular study I want to cite was published two years ago. I don't think that this is very recent in terms of journal appearances. But it is the most ...
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How to quickly get complete list of citations to all my papers?

I need to get citations (with complete info including authors, journal, date) to all my papers. What's the best way (hopefully without too much manual copy & paste) to do this? What i so far ...
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Is it acceptable to ask for the original bibtex file of a paper?

I am reading a review paper which includes hundreds of useful citations for my paper. I would like to import some of the citations into a bibtex file. The only thing I know to do is to search them on ...
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Is it a good idea to cite paper from publisher listed in Beall’s list

While writing the literature review for my paper, I found another paper which is closely related to my research. Unfortunately, the paper’s publisher is on Beall’s List. Hence, I wonder if citing the ...
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Citing a Hollywood movie in a scientific paper

I realise this is a bit of a silly question, but I'm writing up a conference paper on a model that's named after a Hollywood movie. What is the appropriate way to cite the movie in the paper? Should ...
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How to export Google Scholar keyword search results to Excel? [closed]

I am looking for a reputable free tool to export results of a keyword search on Google Scholar to Microsoft Word or Excel. I am in the process of assembling a reading list for systematic literature ...
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How much background material should a mathematical research paper include?

I've just written my first mathematical research paper. It proves some new results, which while not ground-breaking are (according to an expert in the field) at least somewhat interesting and ...
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How far back should one go in citing classic works?

I once jokingly included in a thesis: The equations of motion [1] for a rigid body can be reformulated as… [1] I. Newton, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687. While citing ...
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Getting secondary citations right

I have some questions regarding secondary citations (in an computer-science research paper that should be published in a journal). I know that they should be avoided when possible, but it is not ...
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Using et al. for a last / senior author rather than for a first author

Suppose a paper has authors A, B, C, and D. The first author, A, isn't in academia anymore, and much of my work is inspired by the senior author, D. I've also only communicated with author D. Can I ...
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Why are review articles cited more frequently than original research articles?

Review articles generally receive more citations compared to original research articles. In my mind, it should be the other way around, as journal guidelines generally solicit researchers to cite ...
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What do you do when you find yourselves with an unreadable/inaccessible paper?

Since I started my life in Academia, I sometimes found that there are some seminal papers to which I cannot get any access. Either they are very old, and the journal that published them charges for ...
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I want to write a blog post building upon someone else's paper, how can I properly cite/credit them?

I want to write a blog post which builds upon an author's paper. He uses a formal notation and academic language for describing his findings, I want to rewrite the author's examples in simple and ...
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Why do some papers not have a DOI?

When I cite papers online, especially in Wikipedia pages, it is very convenient to use their DOI. However, some papers which I would like to cite (like this and that) have no DOI. Or at least, I haven'...
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How to react to your work being cited incorrectly or in a misleading way?

This morning when I opened my email I was very excited to find a Google Scholar update telling me of two new citations from two different sets of authors each to a different paper of mine. As usual, I ...
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How to read a research paper with too many references to previous works?

I am a CS undergrad student who is just getting started with research and reading papers. My mentor has asked me to read a few papers. While reading I noticed that every few lines there are references ...
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How old can references or sources in a thesis be?

I have read that references in scientific papers should be no more than 2-3 years old, since such fields move fast, and no more than 10 years for arts or related fields: A good rule of thumb is to ...
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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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Reviewer recommending citation of certain papers of specific group of authors may be himself

Recently I had a challenge in responding to a reviewer (#2) for revising our work. The reviewer asked us to refer 16 papers in multiple parts of the paper. I decided to refer some of these references ...
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Physics dissertation: Do I give a reference every time I mention a certain piece of work?

I'm currently writing my BSc Physics dissertation and I'm using LaTeX with BibTeX so the format of the references is all correct, but there are a number of other papers that I talk about at several ...
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Could/Should I cite a paper that I am refereeing?

I'm reviewing the paper X related to the topic Y for a conference which is single-blind (in Computer Science). Also, I'm about to submit a paper to a different conference related to the same topic (...
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Is it ethical/ correct to cite a confidential document/ paper (under NDA)?

Each paper should be able to provide enough evidence that its claims are correct. Nowadays, where the number of joint industry-university projects grows exponentially, many confidential documents ...
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Paper rejected due to short reference list

Recently I submitted a paper to a journal and I got the following feedback from the Editorial Office: The reference lists of manuscripts submitted to our journal should include a variety of English-...
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Should I cite the latest edition of a book?

Before publication, if a new edition of a source is released, should I try and find the new edition or keep a citation based on the old?
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Is strict adherence to a citation format really necessary in actual research?

In high school and college I remember whenever doing some research for a class, my English teacher then will look at the citation at the end and use a red pen to mark out any place where MLA format is ...
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Do famous works of literature need citations?

Specifically, in a scholarly paper on philosophy of math I want to mention Mo Yan’s novel Red Sorghum Clan. It is just as an example of literature, not quoted and not used for any specific purpose. ...
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How should I cite something learned second-hand (eg, from Wikipedia) when I haven't seen the primary source?

I want to cite something that I have learned from a Wikipedia page. However, I'm loathe to cite Wikipedia because of the perception of it by my tutors, so I try to cite the original source. What ...
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Recently published paper does not cite my very relevant work

Before I start my PhD I worked in a group that researched on the application of a particular area to a particular domain. No other research group published work in this area+domain. So I can safely ...
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How should you refer to yourself in a paper?

When writing a paper that discusses previous work by the same set of authors, what is the correct way to refer to it? For example, "In 2012 Fred et al. introduced a third way of resolving the ...
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Is it permitted to cite works by members of my own family, in classwork?

I'm starting a unit (undergraduate class) at my university which deals very much with topics researched by my grandfather - He has written a number of books and papers on the issue. I don't yet know ...
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How to use results/ideas from a paper I reviewed?

I recently reviewed a paper (general applied mathematics context). During the review, I realized that the fairly general ideas introduced in the paper can potentially be applied to a specific problem ...
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Visualization tool for paper citations

Does anyone know if there is a tool that takes a paper (pdf) and is able to produce a directed graph of the citations, and if possible take the papers that are cited and use the citations of those ...
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My co-author is claiming to be the sole author. How should I handle it?

When I was a graduate student in the 1980s, I translated a treatise written by an important artist into English. A person who at the time was an assistant professor approached me about it. Flattered ...
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How to cite a site from the dark web?

For my masters degree in computer science, I'm currently working on a paper on ransomware. Goal of this paper is to focus on academic writing and citing sources correctly. Trustworthiness/Quality of ...
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As a non-academic, how do I find papers that reference a certain article?

I have recently read an interesting article on number theory, published in a well-known mathematics journal. As a keen amateur mathematician, I have tried to develop some of the ideas presented in the ...
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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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Is there a way to report to google scholar some systematic mistakes? [closed]

I've noticed, for citations, that some BibTeX files provided by google scholar are having regular errors (I believe these are errors). For bib items, there is the "pages" field, in which we could ...

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