There’s nothing embarrassing about self-citation

April 22, 2018
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(This article was originally published at Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

Someone sent me an email writing that one of my papers “has an embarrassing amount of self-citation.”

I’m sorry that this person is embarrassed on my behalf. I’m not embarrassed at all. If I wrote something in the past that’s relevant, it makes sense to cite it rather than repeating myself, no? A citation is not a reward to the person cited, and I don’t have a burning desire for my citation count to go up from 71,347 to 71,354 or whatever. The purpose of a citation is to help the reader.

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