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Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com> |

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RE: st: how to cite Stata helpfile |

Date |
Tue, 08 Nov 2011 11:57:41 -0500 |

At 11:21 AM 11/8/2011, Nick Cox wrote:

I disagree to some extent with Richard's recommendations,particularly on what he calls "utilities".

If anybody's published work, meaning work made public, was importantto you in work with Stata that you in turn want to publish, then youhave a moral obligation to cite it.Second-guessing how useful a citation might be to the originalauthor is scarcely the point. Citations that don't help a careermuch don't do much harm either.Also, it so happens that many papers in many fields include littleor nothing on the data management that lay behind the analysis, andso there is often not a section where citations would beappropriate, but that is an empirical question, not a matter of principle.Also, whether reviewers or editors of certain journals will acceptcitations to programs alone can be a tricky question, but authorsare surely honour-bound to try to cite others' work responsibly and fully.There is a bizarre confusion in some quarters between "making freelyavailable", which many people do in the Stata community, and"relinquishing intellectual property rights", a different matter altogether.Nick n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk Richard Williams At 03:05 PM 11/7/2011, Jet wrote: >HI, how to cite a Stata helpfile (e.g., betafit) if needed? Wonder if >there is any suggested way to do so. Thanks! The Stata 12 User's Guide says The suggested citation for this software is StataCorp. 2011. Stata: Release 12. Statistical Software. College Station, TX: StataCorp LP. For a built in command, I suppose you could also cite the appropriate reference manual. I would especially do that if I was directly quoting from the manual. The manual usually has the same text as the help file, and more. For a user-written command -- I would suggest seeing if the help file includes a suggested citation. If you are using one of my programs, my strong preference is that you cite one of my published articles, assuming I have written a relevant article for the command. Barring that, or in addition to, you might try citing the repec pages. For example, the user-written ivreg2 help file makes this suggestion: --------------- ivreg2 is not an official Stata command. It is a free contribution to the research community, like a paper. Please cite it as such: Baum, C.F., Schaffer, M.E., Stillman, S. 2010. ivreg2: Stata module for extended instrumental variables/2SLS, GMM and AC/HAC, LIML and k-class regression. http://ideas.repec.org/c/boc/bocode/s425401.html --------------- As to when to cite - my own feeling is that if you are using a user-written estimation command, you should cite the authors of that command. Utilities, probably not, unless they had a really major impact on the analysis. If you do feel a deep debt of gratitude for some utilities, perhaps those authors could be mentioned in the acknowledgments instead. Citations of published work are what is going to help most scholars the most, but other types of appreciation are nice as well. * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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