Volume 3, Issue 4

Editorial on Coercive Citations, Imaginary Authors and Citation Padding

Claudio Nicolini
On January 2, 2018 coercive citations, imaginary authors and citation padding were brought to my attention with a Happy new year by Nature Briefing citing the PLoS ONE paper where padded citations are described as rampant in academia quoting a survey of more than 12,000 researchers, one in five reporting that editors tried to coerce them into adding citations to their papers to increase journals’ impact factor.

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