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Scholarly Research and Publishing: Early Career Researcher Edition: Beware of Coercive Citation Practices

This guide will acquaint graduate students and novice researchers with the basics of scholarly communications.

What is Coercive Citation?

Coercive citation practices describe situations in which an author feels pressure to add superfluous citations to their paper in order to get published. This coercion may come from peer reviewers, seeking to increase citations to their own work, or from editors seeking to bolster citations to their journal.

Note that not all citation recommendations are coercive: reviewer or editor criticism regarding the need to add missing citations to relevant literature may be part of an acceptable critique.


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