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Frequency of and strength of motives in referencing: the Reference Threshold Model

Introduction

Considering the role of science as an information-producing system with output exceeding input, we may conclude that the scientific text and references in a publication must be sufficient both qualitatively and quantitatively to make the information content of the publication understandable, and the published results reproducible. The publication should satisfy the actual formal and informal requirements of the discipline.

According to the Ethical Guidelines to Publication of Chemical Research of the American Chemical Society (2006): ‘An author should cite those publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work ...

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