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Given the nature of scientific discovery where findings can build on previous work, it's not illogical to think that sooner or later, researchers will "self-cite," says Bar-Ilan University graduate student Hadas Shema at the Scientific American Information Culture blog. But at the same time, self-citation is also considered "vanity, egotism, or an attempt in self-advertising," she adds.

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