The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand

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The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand. / van de Weert, Marco; Stella, Lorenzo.

In: Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, Vol. 1186, 15.06.2019, p. 102-103.

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van de Weert, M & Stella, L 2019, 'The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand', Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, vol. 1186, pp. 102-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2019.03.024

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van de Weert, M., & Stella, L. (2019). The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand. Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM, 1186, 102-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2019.03.024

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van de Weert M, Stella L. The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand. Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM. 2019 Jun 15;1186:102-103. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.molstruc.2019.03.024

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van de Weert, Marco ; Stella, Lorenzo. / The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand. In: Journal of Molecular Structure: THEOCHEM. 2019 ; Vol. 1186. pp. 102-103.

Bibtex

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title = "The dangers of citing papers you did not read or understand",
abstract = "References in scientific papers play an important role in acknowledging prior work of others on the topic under investigation. Moreover, they are used to show the research is built on solid ground, carefully prepared by others. However, proper citation requires that one has read and understood the paper that is cited. We discuss an example of one of our own papers erroneously being cited in support of the interpretation of an equation, while we in reality demonstrated this interpretation is incorrect. This is likely a result of the citing authors not having read or understood the paper. We place this in a broader perspective, pointing to similar examples in other fields of science. Such improper citation practices can lead to perpetuation of false information, which is then incorrectly linked to scientists who in reality do not support the claims being made. We urge the scientific community to ensure the papers we cite fully support the statement we make, as references otherwise become meaningless.",
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