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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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How to cite an answer in StackExchange? [duplicate]

I will use this proof in manuscript. It is clearly plagiarism if I just write down the proof and do not cite the original content. However, how do I cite an answer in StackExchange? It is neither a ...
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How to search for list of papers citing both papers A and B?

For given papers A and B, I would like to search for all papers that cite both A and B. I guess one can generalize to papers {A,B,C,...} and find all papers that cite all of them. A quick Google ...
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Ethics of not referencing StackExchange in a publication? [duplicate]

So I'm feeling a bit guilty. I've been working on a publication proof (my first) of an interesting theorem. The issue is I've been using StackExchange (Mathematics) to answer some similar questions ...
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Is it OK to add citations from low impact factor journals?

For example, let us consider that I write a manuscript which is to be submitted to one of the prestigious journals such as PRL, PRB, etc. In this manuscript, is it OK to cite from some journals which ...
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Referencing if a YouTube video is the sole source

I have information that I found on YouTube, and when I searched for it on Google, I did not find it in any book, not even in an article, and nor in Google Scholar. Can I mention this information ...
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What is a 'classic paper', and when do we refer to a work as a 'classic work'?

I have come across a few times in research papers or in books, where the authors refer a past (mostly an old) research paper as classic paper. For example, in a book Bratko refers the following: ...
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How to refer to a theorem in a book of which I don't know the source?

I am writing a paper in math. In that paper, I need to quote several theorems/propositions from a classic textbook on the subject. All of them are quite standard results, but I am not sure what are ...
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If I write a really bad, but controversial, paper, can I increase my h-index?

Imagine that I write a paper about a controversial topic like global warming denial, the link between vaccines and autism, why different races have different IQ. After publication, the paper gets the ...
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Should we put the references in slides/poster when we already have them in paper?

After reading this question about slides making and asking myself two questions about poster making and TED talking, I realize that these activities are for showing what you found, make the audience ...
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Which to cite: Review and Survey papers or Research papers?

Review papers are long papers gathering the results of various researches and have many conclusions. When I want to address an issue or a conclusion about something should I repeatedly cite a Review ...
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How to find credible sources for a general reference?

I am currently writing a paper in which I have many topics to describe. It would not be productive to read and cite papers or even books on the topics because I just have to describe them very briefly ...
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Good, neutral source for ISBN linking? (on citing books)

In my bibliography, I want to link the ISBN number to an actual website. My question is: which website is recommended to be used? Is there some 'neutral' source that I can expect to be still ...
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How should I cite a paper from a journal that has changed its name?

I found that a journal changed its name after 2005. The paper which I am citing is from 2004. Does it matter if I use the current journal name or should I cite the paper using the (old) journal name ...
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Conjugation: Do we cite authors or papers?

When referencing to another work in a scientific paper, do we cite the paper or its author(s)? This question is intended to clarify the conjugation of the verb that follows the reference -- ...
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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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Skipping same old introductions

I’m working in the area of adversarial examples against neural networks. A standard research paper generally starts off an introduction with something along the lines of the below, but probably with a ...
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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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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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Found published work that doesn't reference previous related work

I have been researching a specific topic in computer science for a couple of years now and a well established professor and his students have recently published a couple of publications in that topic ...
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Underscore in place of author in references

I have recently seen author’s names being replaced with underscores in the references of two different works. For instance in Andrew Wiles’ Modular elliptic curves and Fermat’s last theorem: In this ...
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Is there a problem with citing the original source instead of the source where the information was first found?

I'm writing a Bachelor's Thesis. I found a seemingly convenient way of making my research paper successful, but I'm not sure if it counts as plagiarism. This is mainly concerned with the methods ...
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When you reference an article, is it always expected that you have actually read it?

Naturally I would say "of course", but my current situation makes me doubt. In my paper I'm briefly covering various alternative cryptographic constructions. I am (of course) familiar with all of ...
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Citing work with a publication year in the future

I am citing this publication in my thesis using the author-date citation format. The article is fully accessible, however the Journal apparently placed it into an issue that will appear next year. ...
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How to name an algorithm in a paper

In a paper, I should refer to an existing algorithm in different parts of the paper. There is no name for this algorithm. For the firs time I wrote "the Algorithm proposed by (Xia, et al. 2008) .....",...
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How can I re-use someone's mathematics thesis without plagiarizing?

I am writing a report for my master's research. One entire section of my report has been expertly written in someone else's PhD thesis, which happens to mostly take the form of a monograph on the ...
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Do citations of the arXiv version of an article transfer to its journal version after publication?

The arXiv version of my article has two citations. Now that my paper is published in a journal, I want to know if these citations will be transferred to the journal version? Should I withdraw my ...
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Recreating images from a source

In the field I work in, it is customary to use a graphical representation of some mathematical concepts. For my thesis, I have been creating a batch of figures containing these representations. These ...
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Should I include a reference for an image that is released into the public domain?

I am writing my thesis and came across an image on Wikipedia that I would like to use. The licensing on this image is: I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain....
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Refer to arxiv version?

Am I breaking some kind of rule if I'm adding the arxiv link to the bibitem for an article that's published in a journal? I thought obviously not until I noticed that (link to arxiv) and (page number ...
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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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Are references with indication of page number uncommon in computer science?

I am writing a computer science paper in which I cite several lengthy sources (text books and standard specifications). Whenever I cite such a source, I add the page numbers of the subsection to which ...
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How can I assess the quality of a paper outside my field?

As per the title, I would like to determine whether a paper cited by a student comes from a reputable source or not, given that the paper's content lies outside my field. My first thought was to check ...
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What address to put in bibliography for Springer (and others)?

Some publishers like Springer appear variously with different addresses. Sometimes (in the case of Springer) it's "Berlin, Heidelberg", sometimes it's "Heidelberg, New York", or even "Berlin, ...
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Citing low quality papers (solutions) in surveys?

I sometimes find papers that aim to solve the same problem that I am working on, but these papers are of terrible quality. Some of these papers: introduce wrong solutions, re-introduce a solution ...
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Is it ethical to reference a work accused of plagarism?

I have been using a book as reading for the background of my dissertation, but have just found out that it has been accused of being an unauthorised translation of someone else's work: http://www....
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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 cite a reference which disappeared?

During my PhD, I wrote a couple papers referencing and using a set of notes available online, which constitute(d) the draft of a textbook (and laid down techniques and lemmata I used). [1] Now, I am ...
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My University's communications office reserves "Dr" for MDs only - is this common?

I recently became aware that, when writing an article, my university's communications office reserves the prefix "Dr" for only those individuals with MD degrees. For example, if Jane Smith holds a ...
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How to deal with sources whose authors I don't have good relationship with?

I used to have a good relationship with an author, but now it's broken. However, my work is heavily based on the work of that author, and I'm not sure if citing it without informing them is OK here. ...
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Cases when old references are valid?

Some guides say to limit the references to up to 5-6 years old. But I've speculated as to, whether it's possible that research would become "deviated to pursuits for which in the history there ...
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How to cite "Crelle's Journal"

Crelle's Journal is a nickname of a Mathematics Journal, and it's full name is "Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik". It's commonly called Crelle since it is founded in 1826 by August ...
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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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What category in my C.V. should I put papers where I've contributed but was not listed as an author, nor in acknowledgments?

I performed a small set of experiments for a few published papers. The authors of these papers decided that my work was not significant enough to warrant my name on the papers. I am not mentioned in ...
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How to make a software documentation "officially" citable?

We are currently finishing the implementation of a scientific software library. It's the first project of this type for me and I'm curious, how to make the software citable in a similar way to Molpro ...
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Should I send an email to the address of my former professor that wasn't explicitly given, but google out myself?

I'm applying to PhD programs and want to ask for a reference letter from my former supervisor, who has since moved to a new university, so that his old work email is not working anymore. I've been ...
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How much can you trust a reference of a paper that is not available

It recently occurred to me that probably more often than it should happen, while reading someones paper, they see a reference to a different paper, and just use the reference without looking. In my ...
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What are we expected to do when citing literature?

Open any research article and it is littered with citations. I’ve recently been wondering what is expected of us when citing the literature: Are we expected to cite every reference relevant to our ...
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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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Someone referenced my work in a journal paper using my first name only, do I contact them or the journal it was published in?

Someone referenced my work in a journal paper but they did not cite it the right way. They only included my first name, my supervisor's first name, the name of the paper and the date. They did not ...
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How to cite and build on the work of another paper that is still under peer review?

I've written a paper which I submitted to journal ~5 months ago and is still in peer review. I have a follow up piece of work that is similar, but uses a different formulation of a problem (so I can ...

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