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    Hello everyone,

    Do you know any cases in your research field when a paper, which was supposed to be referenced in another paper, but did not get a citation? How often do such cases happen?



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    I'm not quite clear what you mean when you say a paper was supposed to referenced. Do you mean the later paper commented on research results, but failed to properly acknowledge the source those results?


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    Yes, I meant exactly such cases. When the author of later paper did not reference the other paper because, for example, he had not known about it.
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    If he's not using something from the other paper than he's not compelled to cite it. On the other hand, especially in today's easy to assess information world, there is an expectation that others will know about similar research and appropriately mention (cite) their work either as part of their introduction or conclusions if not used directly.
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    Well, in the ideal world it should work like you described. Unfortunately, I think there are some constraints that prevent it. For example, this is a quote from Nature's Manuscript Formatting Guide: "The maximum number of references, strictly enforced, is 50 for Articles and 30 for Letters." Therefore, if an author publishes his paper in Nature and wants to have more than 50 or 30 references in it, he will not allowed to do that.
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    That seems a reasonable limit. Is it not the case that some authors add citations merely to make their own paper look more authoratative and supported? Setting limits should help to minimise that practice.
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