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st: Suggestion - Citing references from Stata Journal


From   "Tiago V. Pereira" <tiago.pereira@mbe.bio.br>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Suggestion - Citing references from Stata Journal
Date   Thu, 12 Apr 2012 16:57:56 -0300 (BRT)

Weak or not, the argument is real, and we found that in practice. Perhaps
(but I am not sure, of course) researchers from biomedical fields have a
more dynamic research (i.e. they need to publish faster) and deal with a
larger number of references, making them unwilling to type references to
speed up their manuscripts.

For example, nearly all meta-analyses published mentioning Stata have used
-metan-. However, few papers cite -metan-. Why is that?

Tiago



t 08:21 AM 4/12/2012, Tiago V. Pereira wrote:

    There is absolutely no point in adding manually references from the Stata
    Journal to reference manager softwares. I won't do it. People won't do
it.
    I won't pay a lot of money for Web of Science to cite Stata Journal
    either.

There have been previous discussions about what should and should not be
cited. Personally, I think it might be appropriate to sometimes mention
people in the acknowledgements rather than citing them. If the author of a
program wants and expects an acknowledgement then the help file for the
program can make that clear.

But, of all the arguments against providing citations, the effort involved
in typing one up seems the weakest to me. If a program has saved me hours
of work, or allowed me to do something I never would have been able to do
otherwise, then spending a minute or two on the citation (if that) hardly
seems onerous, especially since I can use that citation over and over.
And, I certainly wouldn't NOT cite some journal article that I had drawn
on just because it was a hassle to type up the citation.


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