Citation manipulation: busted!

[via Ben Goldacre] Retractionwatch reports on what could be the first retraction of a paper on the grounds on citation manipulation. 

For those of you not fully au fait with academia, every time someone refers to your published work in a peer reviewed article that citation is noted. Citation frequency is a metric used in everything from academic appointments/tenure, salary negotiations to the evaluation of funding proposals and other commissions. It’s quite a big deal (though not uncontroversial). In the cases discussed here journal editors have acted to inflate the referencing of papers in their journals and which they have authored. Very naughty.

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