Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing

  title={Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing},
  author={Alan W. Wilhite and Eric A. Fong},
  pages={542 - 543}
Many journal editors appear to strategically target authors and papers to pressure them into citing the editors' journals. Despite their shortcomings (1–4), impact factors continue to be a primary means by which academics “quantify the quality of science” (5). One side effect of impact factors is the incentive they create for editors to coerce authors to add citations to their journal. Coercive self-citation does not refer to the normal citation directions, given during a peer-review process… 
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