B – Citation violations

Gallagher R. Citation violations. The Scientist 2009;23(5):13.

The authors of scientific articles do not always cite properly previous research works. The “bibliographic negligence” or “citation amnesia”, as the improper citation or disregard of antecedent research is defined by Eugene Garfield, Editor Emeritus of The Scientist, is due to the fact that actually there is no best practice for citing prior work. Moreover, this behaviour is reinforced by the hard competition in the scientific environment that push the authors to omit mention of competitors results. A solution proposed is that journals should adopt a code of practice for citation. Many years ago Garfield suggested that authors declare and sign that they have done a minimal search of the literature and that to the best of their knowledge there is no other relevant work. However, the question still remains open…..