May 8, 2003

The latest on the listservs in the scitech world is this article in arxiv about the accuracy of author citations in papers. The article is titled "Read before you cite!" and is by M.V. Simkin and V.P. Roychowdhury. The implication is, of course, that many authors don't actually ever read many of the papers they cite, but rather copy the citation from a paper they did read, thus perpetuating an incorrect citation from that source. So, I wonder if I actually read this arxiv article or if I'm just copying the citation from a source I did read? From slapam-l.

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