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What to do when a result is essentially proven but not stated in an existing publication?

I found myself in the position when I need some fact but the literature search produced something "close enough but not quite what I want" rather often. Moreover, I bet that this is a fairly ...
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I published an article developing and applying a method that I thought new. Someone had developed it before, outside of my applied field

I would acknowledge that you've since found that someone else did something similar/the same thing. You can still describe how you originally came to your findings and the checks/tests you performed ...
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When citing a scientific article do I have to agree with the opinions expressed in the article?

You do not. In fact, in most cases, I would think that readers assume that a citation is a neutral statement of fact such as in the following: This question has also been investigated by Smith et al. ...
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Famous professor refuses to cite my paper that was published before him in the same area

It sometimes (if not frequently) happens that scientific ideas are developed independently from each other. This appears to be the case. Your "famous professor" made a paper of a quality ...
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Why is it important that my master's publications are cited?

You should feel however you feel. That said, citations mean that someone read your work, thought that it was interesting enough to build on or at the least draw attention to. Well done.
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What to do when a result is essentially proven but not stated in an existing publication?

It is acceptable to write "If you find a copy of this book, and change all instances of the word macguffin to weak macguffin on pages 438-442, you will find that the statements and proofs remain ...
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Author's last name is misspelled online but not in the PDF. How do I cite the paper?

You should use the actual name which appears correctly in the paper. You should also contact the journal so that they can correct this so that people searching for the paper will be able to find it ...
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Asked to cite papers for money

Overall, what you have observed is known current and ongoing fraud activity and several news and editorials in Science Magazine talk about this topic (most weeks there is at least one news highlight ...
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Should a thesis cite a published paper that originates from the thesis Itself?

I have often found such a situation in PhD theses, as the papers were published during the PhD time and predate the PhD. There is in such cases a section in the first part of the text, near the table ...
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Citational nationalism: citing only groups within the same country

I think that this should be based on your knowledge of the literature. It is possible that this is justified because related research may indeed be mainly or exclusively based in the country in ...
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Do published research papers cite preprints?

In a field like math it is almost necessary to do this, both because preprints are encouraged even by major journals and the fact that the publication process is long. Mathematicians like preprints ...
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How do I cite a book when it seems to have no year?

If you visit https://isbnsearch.org and enter the ISBN number in the search box you will get details. The book was listed as published in 2020. I think that the copyright distributors (like Bowker) ...
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Is it appropriate to cite vulgar websites used for gathering data?

Citation is not the same thing as describing your methods. It sounds like you need to describe your research methods, not use citations. Those research methods may include listing URLs that you ...
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Famous professor refuses to cite my paper that was published before him in the same area

Two things: (1) ideas are worth nothing by themselves, and (2) Godzilla sits wherever he wants. (1) When we say that academics trade in ideas, that ideas are the currency of academics, and that ...
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How do I cite personal observations of what people generally believe about a topic?

It doesn't sound like you merely need to cite this observation, it sounds like you don't actually know with any sort of certainty what the answer is. You have a hypothesis, but no data. You may need ...
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Why is it important that my master's publications are cited?

For someone at the early career stage, being cited means that your work is having an impact in your field. That in turn is an advantage in seeking your next job. The market is tough in many (most?) ...
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Is it bad practice to cite online news articles in solely because it's not a "reputable" source (i.e journal articles or even books)?

It's not that news sources are not reputable. The issue is that news articles are typically secondary sources (when they are reporting on another document or source of knowledge). Journal articles are ...
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How do I start a priority dispute?

It sounds like your work was cited and a work based on it has been more influential in part because the people involved are known. That's kind of where it ends. I'd go with your advisor on this one. ...
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Is "e.g." ever needed in parenthetical citations?

You're right that it isn't a requirement. It's an option you can use. In general, I think the "e.g." is used more for clarity in "citation signaling". Its presence clearly signals ...
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Citing "common knowledge" blogs?

I think there are two questions here - should you cite this blog and how do you cite "common knowledge". You should definitely cite his blog if you used it. I think that almost goes without ...
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Cite an article from an old journal

The proper citation in MLA format is Pocklington, Henry C. "The determination of the prime or composite nature of large numbers by Fermat's theorem." Proc. Cambridge Philosophical Society, ...
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Famous professor refuses to cite my paper that was published before him in the same area

There are several good points to consider in the other answers and comments so far (and there's a bit of overlap between what I write below and what others have already said), but my overall stance on ...
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How to cite articles published under another name?

I guess this is little more than an opinion, but I think that citations should be made "as published" without alteration. That is the formal part. If you want to add a note that the name has ...
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Citational nationalism: citing only groups within the same country

I believe you should NOT approach the problem like "cite people outside country C". If you are aware of papers they should have cited or not cited, you might make their omission or inclusion ...
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When citing a scientific article do I have to agree with the opinions expressed in the article?

Your professor seems to be thinking of a case in which you use (and cite) the work of another to support (or background) your own work. There are other reasons, however. In fact, in a critical ...
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How to give credit for a picture I modified from a scientific article?

It is important to provide credit where credit is due. If you see a figure and modify it to suit your needs your can provide credit by referencing the figure as "modified from xxx(yyyy)" or &...
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How to cite articles published under another name?

If it's even necessary at all, use a footnote My view is that the citation is an identification of the paper not the author. Moreover, for most research work we are interested in setting out the ...
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Is it bad practice to cite online news articles in solely because it's not a "reputable" source (i.e journal articles or even books)?

The news story you cited is clearly reputable. It begins: Images in a graphic novel that were created using the artificial-intelligence system Midjourney should not have been granted copyright ...
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