Reviews and citations in the digital era

Doing a Quick Literature Review

Four ways to better exploit digital era capabilities

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An elaborate literature review is an important stage in the development of almost all PhDs, and it is also a normal first step also in launching any new research project. There are two main versions.
Narrative reviews aim to give a ‘genetic’ account of the origins and development of understanding […]

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    Poor citation practices are a form of academic self-harm in the humanities and social sciences

Poor citation practices are a form of academic self-harm in the humanities and social sciences

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There is a huge gulf between many STEM scientists (in science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and scholars in other disciplines in how often they cite other people’s research in explaining their own findings and arguments. My first chart shows that the citation rate (defined as total citations divided by the number of publications)is eight times greater […]

How should you be recording citations in the digital era?

Get prepared now for a move away ‘legacy’, print-orientated practices

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Academic references have stayed the same for too long, so that right across the world, and across most disciplines, students and academics are still solemnly recording useless citation information (e.g. place of publication for global publishers) and not recording vital information (e.g. where to access the open […]

Academic citation practices need to be modernized

References should lead to full texts wherever possible

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Researchers and academics spend a lot of time documenting the sources of the ideas, methods and evidence they have drawn on in their own writings. But I want to try and convince you that our existing citation and referencing practices are now woefully out of date and no longer […]