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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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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Are there any tools to automatically search and download literature in a given .bib file?

I'd like to download automatically tons of papers listed on .bib file so I'm trying to find a way to facilitate the process by, e.g. I import or input to a tool a certain .bib file which contains a ...
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Is the practice of lab members extensively citing each other's work looked down upon in academia?

In my lab, a few of us submitted our papers independently to a conference last week. We all had referenced each other's work in our papers. I have a concern if this is a bad practice in academia. It ...
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Do the author's name and/or affiliation affect the visibility of a paper?

Suppose two papers were published by fledgling researchers, perhaps PhD students, who are yet unknown in their field. One is Asian, has a surname which is long and difficult to pronounce, and perhaps ...
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Can I cite an unpublished Master Thesis?

As title above. This thesis is only available at the author's blog, though it is indeed a formal Master thesis. If I can cite it, how may I fill in all the blanks? My concern is even if I cite it, ...
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How can I find out how often my publications have been cited?

Is there a special database somewhere where you can see how often other scholars have cited you or your publications in their scholarly works? My professor is always saying, "No one has cited me on ...
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How to politely say in a paper that most of the published research on a topic is by the same person?

My field is cardiovascular epidemiology, and my current research question relates to some risk factor which is supposed to strongly elevate cardiovascular risk in a defined subgroup. However, my data ...
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Why do citation styles for webpages include accessed date?

I do understand that citations should be as precise as possible (including e.g. edition of a book or a page number), so that ideally, the reader can find the information exactly as I found it when ...
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How can I cite my dissertation in a paper that will be double-blind reviewed?

A chapter in my dissertation has not been published in an archival conference. I am writing a paper based on the chapter for a conference that does double-blind paper review. The paper will include ...
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I have two papers in an up-coming conference. Is it appropriate to cite one in another?

I had two papers approved for a workshop in a IEEE conference and I'm going to send the camera-ready version soon. Is it OK to have one paper cite the other? If it's OK, do I have to reference the ...
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Searching for a quotation manager

I’m looking for a way to manage the text of the quotations that most certainly I will use (i.e. quote) in the future. I’m a philosopher, so this is specially handy —and even required— for the ...
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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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How should you cite dead urls in a thesis?

I am currently writing a thesis. In the related work part I am discussing a paper from a few years ago. The paper presents several web applications which were available back then. Hence, these ...
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Missing Software Citations

I've written a statistical software package and published a paper on it. Recently, it appears to have received moderate use, but with at least less than a 50% citation rate. I know this because Google ...
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Recently published paper deliberately not citing our very relevant work -- anything to do?

Note that the difference between this question and a related question (Recently published paper does not cite my very relevant work) is that the authors in my question are fully aware of our work, ...
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Is there any requirement to cite recent literature in publications?

Recently I submitted my first paper to a philosophy journal and got a rejection. This is of course nothing unusual, but as someone with a STEM background, I was surprised by the reason for the ...
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Is it ethical to cite a reviewer's papers even if they are rather irrelevant?

We have just received reviews on a paper, and in reading through one of the "borderline" reviews, I recognized that the "voice" of the review sounded like a researcher I associated with at a ...
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How to advertise a paper to increase citations?

Of course, the best way to improve citations is to write good papers which presents sound, interesting, and important results. However, assuming that one has a nice paper published in an important ...
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Why do universities place so much importance on citation counts and impact factors when evaluating researchers?

Impact factors and citation counts are widely used metrics to judge the reputation of researchers. However, these metrics can be misleading, and in some cases can be manipulated. Why do universities ...
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Is a citation typically considered plural or singular in academia?

My question parallels that of https://english.stackexchange.com/q/99886/117318, which asks whether "Gamma et al." should be considered singular or plural for verb conjugation. The top and accepted ...
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Peer-review -- Can I ask to cite my already published paper that is relevant?

I have to review a paper for a journal that is on some work related to a paper I published 2-3 years ago. The authors do not cite and compare our work although they try to solve the same problem. In ...
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Is it professional to have a "cited by" section of a personal website?

I'm not sure if there's a word or phrase for a "reverse bibliography", but that's what I'm looking to put on my website - a list of other papers that have cited my own work. The goal is to show that ...
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Citing old or new papers of same work?

Often researchers publish their work incrementally. Abstractly speaking, let's say, in 2010 the researcher publishes version 1.0 of his algorithm/system/framework. Two years later, he publishes an ...
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How do I cite a mathematical definition replicated verbatim?

I am writing a paper, in which I must include a definition of a particular mathematical structure. It's a structure with which very few people would be familiar, thus I wish to include it verbatim, as ...
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How do I cite an equation that has a typo in the source?

I want to cite an equation in my thesis that has a minor typo in the cited source (the wrong letter is used for an index). How should I do that? Can I simply correct the typo in my paper without ...
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How to find DOI for article in JSTOR?

I have a link to an article on JSTOR. I can't see the DOI mentioned. Is there a standard way to find the DOI? Do all articles on JSTOR have an assigned DOI?
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When should I cite a paper?

I am a PhD student in Mathematics. I am writing research papers but I am confused with one thing: What papers should I cite? I want to know, in particular, what the criterion is for which a paper ...
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Do contemporary publications cite more sources? Why?

When I read very old, classic papers in biology, I am struck by how few sources they cite. Watson and Crick, 1953 cites 6 sources. Luria and Delbrück, 1943 cites 9. Sanger, 1977 cites 14. This is in ...
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How to get free programmatic access to citations counts for a given paper?

What databases allow free, programmatic access to cited-by counts for papers? Google Scholar doesn't have an API, and they block crawling attempts. SCOPUS only seems to allows you to retrieve a ...
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I used feedback from the code review SE for an assignment. Do I have to mark it?

I wrote source code for an assignment. After I was done and the program was functional, i uploaded a piece (a class) on the Code Review SE and people gave me advice, which I then implemented. Should i ...
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Do I need to request permission to cite a "personal communication" in a publication?

The title says it all I believe. Do I need to request permission from a colleague to cite their information as a "personal communication"? "Do I need to" may be a little restrictive, so I'll also ...
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What is the proper way to cite a mathematical theorem in a paper?

I have questions on how to properly cite a mathematical theorem in order to use it in a paper. For example, assume that I need to apply an existing theorem from a published book 1. Theorem 1 [book 1]. ...
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How to decide whether a statement requires citing a reliable source

When writing a paper, I usually face the problem of deciding whether a sentence is cite-able or not. Let's say I am writing about optimization of an algorithm. And I used Java to implement it. So, in ...
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Someone cited my paper in an irrelevant manner

I checking my google scholar page, when I noticed that one of my papers, of which I am a co-author, had been cited by an unknown academic. I read the article, which was on gene regulatory networks, ...
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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 should I cite products?

This question is closely related to How should I cite a website URL? but more concrete. I'm currently writing my master thesis. In the section "related work" I give an overview which also includes ...
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Is it good practice to have hyperlinks in bibliographies?

Lately I have been thinking about what is the right way to cite other papers (i.e., what to put in the bibliography entries, in the section which is typically called "References"). As many papers are ...
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Does accessing a paper through an alternative format require citation or acknowledgment?

Many universities have service bureaus where one can obtain media in alternative formats (e.g. see the University of Colorado). These offices can transform books and articles into different formats ...
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When citing a journal paper, should I use the online publication year or the print publication year?

I want to cite a paper which was published online (Open Access) in 2012 and later published in a printed journal issue in 2013. Which publication year should be used in the citation?
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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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"Retrofitting" sources

There seems to be a sort of craze about having as many references as possible. Among the students at my university, it has become common practice to write a passage of text and later figure out if ...
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How do I cite a result that I've only seen stated without a proof, and I prove myself?

I am writing my PhD thesis in mathematics. It happens frequently that I use results that I don't have a reference for except textbooks stating "it is easily seen that ..." or "it is well-known that.....
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How to cite ISO standards?

I am currently writing my PhD thesis and several times I cite various ISO standards. I am unsure what the correct way to format the bibliography entry for such documents is. Currently I am doing ...
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Citing a paper with multiple versions

In my area (computer science) it's common for a paper to be posted on arxiv, then appear in a conference a few months later, and finally appear in a journal several years later. This raises the ...
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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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What does being acknowledged in a medical journal imply?

Comments on another question pointed out that many medical journals require "written consent of any cited individual(s) noted in acknowledgments or personal communications". I find this requirement ...
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When does self-citation become citation padding?

While reviewing an article recently, I noticed that a substantial fraction of the papers cited by the authors came from their own research work. While some amount of self-citation is appropriate (and ...
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Confirming the Identity of a (Friendly) Reviewer After the Reviews

Somewhat a follow-up to this post. I recently had a paper reviewed, and in receiving one of the reviews, I feel strongly that I know the identity of one of the reviewers (someone with whom I'm on ...

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