On the Ethics of Using Citation Indices in Evaluations

@article{Spier2009OnTE,
  title={On the Ethics of Using Citation Indices in Evaluations},
  author={Raymond E. Spier},
  journal={Science and Engineering Ethics},
  year={2009},
  volume={15},
  pages={1-2}
}
  • R. Spier
  • Published 4 February 2009
  • Education
  • Science and Engineering Ethics
As dogma has it; the more a paper is cited the better it is. Is it? Papers in which there has been reason to question the experimental outcomes may be highly cited as interested parties seek to use such papers as examples of how not to behave. Two examples are the papers on cold fusion by M. Fleischmann and S. Pons in 1989 (391 citations) (Fleischmann et al. 1989) and on the memory of water by J. Benveniste in 1988 (225 citations) (Davenas et al. 1988) when a solution of an antibody is diluted… 
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