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Is it acceptable to use non-English references in a computer science paper?

Having many non-English references is absolutely no valid reason to reject a computer science paper. If a reader wants to follow up on the references, they can learn some German, find a translator, ...
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My paper is being cited in vaccine misinformation. What do I do?

I'm going to disagree with the folks saying to just ignore the anti-vaxxers. These people are not cranks, in the sense of the proposed duplicate question. A crank in that sense is an intellectually ...
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Is it okay to mention we're citing an article only because a reviewer told us to?

As it turns out, not every comment or suggestion forwarded by a reviewer needs to be necessarily accommodated in your manuscript. Hence, as you seem to have a convincing argument against citing the ...
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Is it OK to refuse to cite paywalled papers?

If I was reviewing a paper, and the authors failed to cite important literature, I'd recommend rejection until the authors provided correct citations. It's the authors' responsibility to provide ...
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How do I handle a colleague's gender change when citing their paper?

Is it an option to ask M Smith if she would be ok if the first citation were to read as the following? Smith, M. (published G.) 2014, recent advances in foo, international journal of foo sciences ...
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Why is it acceptable to cite unpublished works?

You seem to be interpreting citations as a way of proving something by appeal to authority. That is not what citations are. A citation is a way of giving appropriate credit to the originator of an ...
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How do I handle a colleague's gender change when citing their paper?

One of the primary goals of citing literature is to help others find that literature. Citing a paper differently than it exists in a journal is antithetical to this goal. Unless Smith changes George ...
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Is it okay to mention we're citing an article only because a reviewer told us to?

No, it's completely inappropriate to cite something while making snarky remarks about how you don't think you should. There is no upside whatsoever: it makes you look petty and obnoxious, and it looks ...
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Will minor mistakes in my bachelor's thesis harm my future career as a researcher?

I have a perception that academicians are perfectionists and might persecute mistakes like this even when done unintentionally. I am pleased to report that your perception is wrong! Academics are ...
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Citing paywalled articles accessed via illegal web sharing

Nobody will know how you have gained access to the article. Feel free to cite articles found via whatever sources. It might not even be illegal to download content from the website; check your local ...
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Should I do anything if I am cited for something that wasn't in my paper?

Since you never mention their technique, it is quite likely it's a "typo" (they accidentally cited a different paper than they meant, which, at least, in my field happens more than 0% of the time), or ...
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How should I respond to a reviewer's complaint about self-citation?

The answers here of Solar Mike and corey979 are correct, but let me point out two additional issues. First, it might be that without your citations you could validly be accused of self plagiarism. ...
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Quoting a book whose title contains a racial slur

It is what it is. You aren't responsible for that. I suggest that you cite it as you would any other work. Presumably you aren't endorsing racist views. You aren't being "kind" by hiding ...
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How can I improve my paper with mostly original contents and only two references?

Citations aren't just about avoiding plagiarism. They are more about embedding your work into a scientific context. Every paper should explain in an introduction section why this work is relevant, ...
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Access to scientific articles that cite mine after leaving academia

You can write an e-mail to the authors and ask for a copy of their published paper. Almost everyone will be happy to send you one. Before doing that, check if the paper is already published on their ...
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Is it OK to refuse to cite paywalled papers?

I wonder how reviewers would react if authors of a submitted paper refuse to cite paywalled papers. Is it a valid reason to refuse citing some papers? Certainly not. There are a few areas where this ...
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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?

Straight answer: NO it's not a good idea Citing someone is (and should) be neither a favor nor a gesture of politeness. So there's no point to send a thank you email. Thanking someone for a citation ...
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Is it acceptable to cite people without putting the appropriate diacritics in their names?

As somebody with accents in the name who does not put them on scientific papers, I would recommend going with the way they put their names on the papers. Certain people are very particular about ...
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Is it acceptable to cite people without putting the appropriate diacritics in their names?

I'm not sure how far ethics comes into this, but omitting accents is, effectively, a misspelling of the name. If you need to cite something by Schön, and you instead write "Schon", I'd regard that as ...
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How do I handle a colleague's gender change when citing their paper?

This is really making a mountain out of a mole hill. Do the thing that will make the author happy. Even hyper famous papers have all sorts of oddities and mistakes in them; it is likely that nobody is ...
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Is it acceptable to use non-English references in a computer science paper?

I tend to agree with @Arno's answer that citing non-English sources is fine. But that is actually beside the point, since as far as OP's situation is concerned, I think he has much less of a dilemma ...
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Quoting a book whose title contains a racial slur

An academic paper published in 2017 had to deal with this issue because it examined this exact work. "The Struggle of Others: Pierre Vallières, Quebecois Settler Nationalism, and the N-Word Today&...
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Is pasting an excerpt from Wikipedia in a paper without reference plagiarism?

Copyright for a written work expires some years after the author's death; the length of time under copyright law varies from country to country. Wikipedia and other sites use a variety of licencing ...
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Got accused of plagiarism due to a reference lost during copying my own writing

While you are technically guilty of plagiarism for forgetting the reference, you are not guilty of self-plagiarism—the work you have plagiarized is not published anywhere, nor is there an expectation ...
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Should I cite the paper from which I got the research question in my own paper?

Yes, I think you should. Questions are at least as difficult to develop as answers, I would not privilege one over the other. You need not cite it as explicitly as "We got our research question ...
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How old can references or sources in a thesis be?

References can be as old as they need to be to cover the material. I had some that were more than 30 years old. But if all of your references are "old," people are going to want to know why. You ...
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How do I use lemmas that are probably already proven, but including the proof myself is quicker than looking up a source?

You do need to make some effort to find in the literature a result you think is known, but after that what you propose is common and I feel is fine. I do it sometimes. In such a situation, I tend to ...
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How do you cite a Github repository?

GitHub has now added built-in citation support (https://twitter.com/natfriedman/status/1420122675813441540). Simply add a CITATION.cff file ( https://citation-file-format.github.io/) to your repo and ...
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What are the downsides of using arXiv references instead of conference/journal references for the same paper?

Using arXiv instead of a conference / journal reference has an obvious disadvantage: readers won't know that the paper eventually passed peer review and was published. This is important context, ...
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Is it OK to add citations from low impact factor journals?

Of course, you should cite any relevant work. You can't ignore work just because it is in a journal that someone believes to be lesser. That doesn't mean the work is bad. As long you do a thorough ...
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