COPE Forum 4 December 2012: Citation manipulation

The topic for discussion at this Forum was ‘Citation manipulation’. The issue of self citation has been discussed in a number of places before. The focus here is on a form of citation manipulation that qualifies as coercion, where an editor or others affiliated with a journal pressure an author to add citations from that journal for the implied purpose of increasing citation rates and, by extension, journal impact factor. 

Summary of the discussion at the COPE Forum and of the comments on the COPE blog [PDF, 66KB]