Reference Rot: An Emerging Threat to Transparency in Political Science

  title={Reference Rot: An Emerging Threat to Transparency in Political Science},
  author={Aaron L. Gertler and John G. Bullock},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={166 - 171}
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