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Document co-citation analysis to enhance transdisciplinary research

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Science Advances  03 Jan 2018:
Vol. 4, no. 1, e1701130
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701130

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  • RE: Do not judge a book from its cover: h-index and inaccuracy in citations
    • Zahra Farsi, Ph.D. in Nursing, Associate Professor, Head of Research Department, Faculty of Nursing, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

    Trujillo and Long (January 2018) in "Document co-citation analysis to enhance transdisciplinary research" offer us a valuable update on co-citation analysis. They mentioned the limitations of co-citation networks and explained that authors may include a citation in their articles for many reasons (1). There may also be an issue that should come to light long before the document co-citation analysis is considered. In fact, I am writing about a concern in regard to accuracy referencing. According to Moore, “The accuracy of references is an issue of academic integrity for scientific journals. Researchers of citation accuracy emphasize the responsibility of the author to cite and reference accurately, and in a case of detected plagiarism in an article the publisher, the journal, would retract the article” (2). Unfortunately, some authors try to raise their h-index at any price. For example, they pay to fake companies to increase their h-index. So these fake companies try to write articles and cite unrelated references. They can raise the authors’ h-index in a short time. I strongly believe that this is an unethical behavior and a kind of plagiarism that causes researchers who have honestly worked for years to be disappointed. Recently, I analyzed several published articles of a journal in 2018. In some articles of this journal, multiple inaccuracies in citations and references were detected. The most important inaccuracies included inconsistency between citation and...

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