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Am J Ophthalmol. 2005 Dec;140(6):1146-8.

Accuracy of referencing in the ophthalmic literature.

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  • 1York District General Hospital, York, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the frequency of citation and quotation errors in the ophthalmic literature.

DESIGN:

Analysis of 200 references from 100 papers published in 10 ophthalmic journals.

METHODS:

A sample of 20 references was randomly selected from each of the 10 journals and each reference was checked for accuracy. Quotations were categorized as totally, partially, or not accurate.

RESULTS:

There were 35 citation errors in 32 references, only four of which were errors in PubMed. Thirty quotations of references were not accurate; 20 were partially accurate.

CONCLUSIONS:

Citation and quotation errors are relatively common within the ophthalmic literature. This may be improved through technical editing.

PMID:
16376672
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