B – Referencing accuracy

Luo M, Chuan C, Molina D, et al. Accuracy of citation and quotation in foot and ankle surgery journals. Foot & Ankle International 2013 Febr.4;XX(X):1-7
(doi: 10.1177/1071100713475354)

According to this paper, authors often quote references without reading and understanding the content, and such action may damage the integrity of the author and that of the journal. The aim of this study was to explore the reference accuracy for three of the major foot and ankle surgery journals and two of the major orthopaedic journals. Results showed that citation and quotation errors were still relatively common. The authors suggest that the use of technical editing may reduce the amount of citation errors.