Hidden Dangers of a Citation Culture. Todd, P. A. and Ladle, R. J. 8:13–16.
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The influence of the journal impact factor and the effect of a 'citation culture' on science and scientists have been discussed extensively (Lawrence 2007; Curr Biol 17:R583-585). Neverthe- less, many still believe that the number of citations a paper receives provides some measure of its quality. This belief may be unfounded, however, as there are 2 substantial areas of error that can distort a citation count or any metric based on a citation count. One is the deliberate manipulation of the system by scientists trying to ensure the highest possible number of cites to their papers; this has been examined elsewhere (Lawrence 2003; Nature 422:259-261). The second area of inaccuracy is inherent to how papers are cited, indexed and searched for. It is this latter, lesser known, source of error that we will investigate here.
@article{toddHiddenDangersCitation2008,
  title = {Hidden Dangers of a Citation Culture},
  author = {Todd, P. A. and Ladle, R. J.},
  date = {2008-06},
  journaltitle = {Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics},
  volume = {8},
  pages = {13--16},
  issn = {1863-5415},
  doi = {10.3354/esep00091},
  url = {https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00091},
  abstract = {The influence of the journal impact factor and the effect of a 'citation culture' on science and scientists have been discussed extensively (Lawrence 2007; Curr Biol 17:R583-585). Neverthe- less, many still believe that the number of citations a paper receives provides some measure of its quality. This belief may be unfounded, however, as there are 2 substantial areas of error that can distort a citation count or any metric based on a citation count. One is the deliberate manipulation of the system by scientists trying to ensure the highest possible number of cites to their papers; this has been examined elsewhere (Lawrence 2003; Nature 422:259-261). The second area of inaccuracy is inherent to how papers are cited, indexed and searched for. It is this latter, lesser known, source of error that we will investigate here.},
  keywords = {*imported-from-citeulike-INRMM,~INRMM-MiD:c-7801587,citation-metrics,errors,publication-errors,scientific-communication}
}
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