B – A Plea for a Common Citation Format in Scientific Serials

Leslie D M, Hamilton M J. A Plea for a Common Citation Format in Scientific Serials. Serials Review 2007;33(1):1-3

The article focus on the alarming issue of the time researchers spend correcting reference sections. The time spent by authors and editors conforming to a particular style in reference sections, the total time invested in preparing reference sections among serials in a single year and the person-hours spent on the preparation and editing of reference sections among just the fourteen serials were estimated. From the results obtained emerges a need for uniformity among scientific serials, to redirect energy on science and syntax rather than frivolity that robs scientific pursuit and discovery.