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Jun 29, 2018

BACO International 2018

Reference errors in Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery literature: are we making any progress?

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Objective: Determine the prevalence of quotation and citation errors in Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (OHNS) journals and how they have changed over time. Methods: Fifty references were randomly selected from the first published issue of 2017 for eight leading OHNS journals. These were analysed for errors in citation and quotation. Results were compared with historical data from 1997 articles. Results: Citation errors occurred in 17% (34% major) of all references studied. Quotation errors occurred in 9% (69% major). This compares with a 37% citation and 17% quotation error rate from 1997 (chart 1). Conclusion: Citation and quotation errors are still common in OHNS literature albeit halved in comparison to previously reported data. Which can be explained by technological improvements in reference management. However, it is the responsibility of authors, reviewers, and editors to address the persistent error rates in order to maintain the integrity of our publications.

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