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Hundreds of extreme self-citing scientists revealed in new database

nature.com
  • Study of most-cited 100,000 researchers of the last 20 years, across 176 fields, explores excessive self-citation.
  • There is growing interest in self-citation, and the problems it may cause, in the scientific community.
  • Nobody really knows how much self-citation is enough -- in some fields its unavoidable.
  • Solving this issue is more complex than it seems, but everyone agrees that it shouldn’t be about punishing self-citers.
  • Rather, citation metrics may have become too important for making decisions about hiring, promotions, and research funding.

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