Mandatory and Self-citation; Types, Reasons, Their Benefits and Disadvantages.

Science and engineering ethics

PubMedID: 25398506

Hemmat Esfe M, Wongwises S, Asadi A, Karimipour A, Akbari M. Mandatory and Self-citation; Types, Reasons, Their Benefits and Disadvantages. Sci Eng Ethics. 2014;.
This paper defines and discusses two important types of citations, self-citation and mandatory citation, in engineering journals. Citation can be classified in three categories: optional; semi-mandatory; and mandatory. There are some negative and positive impacts for the authors' paper and journals' reputation if mandatory citation of a paper or set of papers is requested. These effects can be different based on the recommended papers for citing in the new research. Mandatory citation has various types discussed in this paper. Self-citation and its reasons and impacts are also discussed in the present study.