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. The debate over whether self-citation should count as part of a paper's overall citation count or as part of a journal's impact factor is ongoing, though today's JIFs do include self-citations.
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Jul 30, 2012