November 11 2019

What if Your Manuscript Has Wrong Citations?

Something that every true research paper has in common is a large number of citations. When writing a paper, researchers may mention other work that inspired their study, supports (or refutes) their ideas, or that gives extra background information. Proper citations are also essential if plagiarism

May 16 2018

Primary vs. Secondary Sources: Do You Know the Difference?

Sources are important in different writings that we encounter on a daily basis. They are most commonly used when writing papers, assignments, and in other forms. Moreover, sources are important when presenting written research in different fields, including history, sciences, and arts. They help in

January 28 2018

CiteSeerX: The Next Generation of Open Access Library Archiving

A digital library serves as an online archive of information and can be one of the most useful tools for the researchers. One such tool was CiteSeer that was launched long back but has been relaunched with some added features, as CiteSeerX. Let us have a quick look at these.CiteSeerX Reinvents the D

January 18 2018

Handling Citations: When to Cite Sources in Your Manuscripts

When writing your research paper, keep a list of your sources of information. You must ensure that any information you use from other sources is properly cited and referenced. This means that you must “acknowledge” the source in both the text with a citation and at the end of the paper in your refer

December 25 2017

A Brief History of the Catalogue of Scientific Papers

“Publish or perish” is a well-known saying within the scientific community. One metric used to evaluate author’s work is the number of articles they publish; in order to stay relevant and to progress in one’s career, it is essential to be “both productive and prolific”. However, this was not always

November 27 2017

Et tu, Et al.? How to Cite Multiple Authors in Academic Writing

You’ve done your research, you’ve made your bibliography, and you’re ready to write. But after a short time, you find yourself stuck. In-text citations are driving you crazy! Do you really have to list all six authors of the paper you are referencing? What if the first two authors are the same on tw

November 2 2017

What is RefWorks?

RefWorks, founded in 2001, provides web-based research management service for corporate, academic, and government organizations. Currently, RefWorks is used by over 900 organizations globally. It supports hundreds of databases. In addition, RefWorks collaborates with providers such as ProQuest, High

October 20 2017

How to Cite the DOI of a Journal Article

DOI (digital object identifier) is an identification code for a journal article or other published works. The code was developed and introduced in 2000 by the International DOI Foundation (IDF) and is assigned by the publisher. A DOI is generated by a registration agency (Crossref) that contains an

October 17 2017

Understanding Research Metrics: Journal-Level, Article-Level, and Author-Level

The word metrics means “measurement.” In the academic publishing industry, we measure the impact of published research based on various metrics. For example, we look at how many times a paper is cited by subject or author and how many times a specific article in a journal is cited to assess the impo

August 14 2017

ISO, ANSI, CFR: How to Cite Industry Standards and Guidelines

Standards and guidelines are developed to set limits for safety and health issues in specific industries. These can range from those set for child growth to those set for safety precautions surrounding industrial activities or construction. Industries must abide by the standards and guidelines set f

July 27 2017

Citation Style Language (CSL) Editor: Making Citation Easier

It is a well-known fact in scholarly communication that there is a specific journal format for in-text citations and bibliography. Editing a citation style can be quite tedious and hence the development of citation tools is essential. The Citation Style Language (CSL) is an XML based language that s

July 14 2017

Mendeley Reference Manager: Citing in Style

There many tools to help researchers organize and conduct experiments. Many of these involve citing other’s research and their results. To help find research done by others, we must be able to find references to that research quickly and efficiently. Using the reference tools available will help you

June 29 2017

How to Evaluate Research Impact: Bibliometrics

For academics, it is very important to be able to find and access high quality and updated information related to their work. Researchers are also increasingly interested in discovering how others are perceiving their own publications and what impact they have in a particular field. Bibliometrics (a

May 31 2017

Master the Skills of Citing Business Sources in APA Style

Style guides provide guidelines for citations and references depending on the discipline. The American Psychological Association (APA) is one organization that provides the format for those writing papers in the behavioral sciences. The guide provides both students and researchers with the tools nec

May 25 2017

Good Reference Management Tools for Manuscripts and Theses

All scientists know that to get published, they must have novel data. Therefore, when a researcher designs experiments and writes manuscripts, information and use of previous studies are fundamental. Indeed, a scientist must know what is known before designing an experiment. To help manage all of th

April 19 2017

Open Citations: Who’s Citing Who in Peer Reviewed Journals?

Scholars and publishers of open access journals alike thrive on the constant publication and dissemination of research. At its core, journal articles represent the advancement of human knowledge. When writing a manuscript, previous articles in peer reviewed journals are referenced, thus representing

February 19 2017

Factors That Influence How Often You Are Cited

As a researcher, you probably spend a lot of time with papers—either reading the work of others or preparing your own research for submission to a journal. By one estimate, about two million articles are published in a year. This means that it is very easy for your paper to not receive the attention

January 29 2017

Tips for Citing Figures and Tables in a Manuscript

During the preparation of your research article or thesis, you may choose to include figures and tables to illustrate key points. Similar to using information from a journal or other source, it is important that these items are correctly cited and listed in the references. If you created the table o

January 16 2017

Key Steps to Proper Citation in a Manuscript

The process of scientific research is inextricably linked to the results of published work. Scientists frequently design their own experiments based on the findings of others. Therefore, it is important that the sources of these findings be acknowledged to avoid plagiarism. This is mostly done by ci

January 11 2017

Reference Managers: Tools to Stay on Top of Your Literature

A good literature review is the building ground for carrying out an efficient and well-designed research project. One of the main qualities of research work is to bring out a new piece of knowledge. Hence, it is important to be aware of what is already known when starting out a project. Before creat

January 4 2017

CiteScore: Accessible Analytics or Misleading Metrics?

In December 2016, Elsevier introduced a new metric for journals called CiteScore™ which is a part of Scopus—the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. By adding this feature, the scholarly community now has free access to the metrics covering journals from over 5

June 28 2016

Primer on Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing

There are plenty of methods for senior personalities to include their names in academic journals, even without participating in researches. There are also many ways to force researchers to add some information in their papers that grant researchers a privilege to some interests. And there is a publi

March 15 2016

What Is the Value of Citation Metrics?

What are Citation Metrics?The extent to which a research paper or academic text is cited in other pieces of academic work such as papers, thesis, dissertations, or other texts has now become the ‘gold standard’ for measuring the outcome and impact of a piece of research. These citation metrics or b

February 9 2016

Impact Factor, H-Index, Altmetrics, Tweets: What People Say About Your Work

Distinction or Popularity?As researchers toil away at building a career, they are constantly presented with requirements to establish and justify their expertise in their respective fields. Grant Committees, Search Committees, and Tenure Committees, are all looking for differentiators in order to de