B – How to boost a paper’s citations

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A research conducted by Gregory Webster, a psychologist at the University of Florida in Gainesville (USA), suggests that scientists who reference the work of their peers are more likely to find their own work referenced in turn. His latest study gathered data from the Web of Science database for all 53,894 articles and review articles published in the journal Science between 1901 and 2000. Contrary to what could be predicted, review articles showed less of a relationship between citations and references than standard articles. According to other experts, these results should be interpreted with caution calso onsidering that different subjects have different citation patterns.