Citations are today the international currency of the scholarly economy. In theory, academic citations are the gold standard measure of the ‘impact’ of a piece of work. If it gets other academics talking then it’s important.
But why do individual academics cite particular articles? A paper out now in the Social Studies of Science journal suggests a complex set of reasons: A taxonomy of motives to cite.
The Swedish authors, Martin G Erikson and Peter Erlandson, say that:
The four categ