B – Do reviews deserve their citations?

Wiley S. Down with reviews: review articles simply don’t deserve all the citations they receive. The Scientist 2010;24:31. http://www.the-scientist.com/article/display/57236/

The number of review articles and review journals has grown over the last decade. While they are clearly useful for both scientists and publishers, the relatively high citations for some reviews indicates that they are increasingly being cited in place of primary sources, either because a review conveniently summarises multiple primary sources or because the primary source is overlooked.