Skip to comments.Hundreds of extreme self-citing scientists revealed in new database
Posted on 08/19/2019 9:17:09 PM PDT by BenLurkin
The worlds most-cited researchers, according to newly released data, are a curiously eclectic bunch. Nobel laureates and eminent polymaths rub shoulders with less familiar names, such as Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan.
Vaidyanathan, a computer scientist at the Vel Tech R&D Institute of Technology, a privately run institute, is an extreme example: he has received 94% of his citations from himself or his co-authors up to 2017, according to a study in PLoS Biology this month1. He is not alone. The data set, which lists around 100,000 researchers, shows that at least 250 scientists have amassed more than 50% of their citations from themselves or their co-authors, while the median self-citation rate is 12.7%.
The study could help to flag potential extreme self-promoters, and possibly citation farms, in which clusters of scientists massively cite each other, say the researchers. I think that self-citation farms are far more common than we believe, says John Ioannidis, a physician at Stanford University in California who specializes in meta-science the study of how science is done and who led the work. Those with greater than 25% self-citation are not necessarily engaging in unethical behaviour, but closer scrutiny may be needed, he says.
The data are by far the largest collection of self-citation metrics ever published. And they arrive at a time when funding agencies, journals and others are focusing more on the potential problems caused by excessive self-citation. In July, the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), a publisher-advisory body in London, highlighted extreme self-citation as one of the main forms of citation manipulation. This issue fits into broader concerns about an over-reliance on citation metrics for making decisions about hiring, promotions and research funding.
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I know my paper is true because my previous work says it’s true.
Some research is in areas so obscure that only a handful of people are studying it. One never knows what areas are going to end up hitting a jackpot.
What’s the percentage in the field of climate change?
1. Journal of Unlikely Optometry, August 2019.
You SO preempted any variation of that!!!
Well done and take a bow!!!!
(dang you for preempting ME!!)
Indians know how to manipulate the research system...just as they know how to manipulate the H-1B system
...... As karlinohio said “Self-citation can make you go blind” ...
And cause hair to grow on your palms
Can I do it just till I need glasses?
Peer Review is the choir preaching to the choir.
It is an outgrowth of medieval guilds.
So the modern scientific community is just one big circle-jerk?
For those who have not seen it, Rupert Sheldrake’s banned Ted Talk: The Science Delusion:
A cite myself as THE MOST IMPORTANT FReeper there is. :)
i cite my posts as evidence.
That I should be in a nut house :)
When citing, use the common spelling.
Your paper was peer-reviewed. ;)
I’ve always wondered about this. I’ve seen it in action. Just didn’t think it was large scale.
Re: Sundarapandian Vaidyanathan.
They also know how to manipulate the alphabet!
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