Communications of the Association for Information Systems


This paper examines the common, and highly complex, practice of academic citation use. Inasmuch as citations - and their analysis - are seen as fundamental to the provenance of scientific investigation and publication, they are therefore deserving of a public discourse in how to best ethically frame: (1) citation analysis methodologies; (2) academic citation behavior; and (3) peer review and publisher citation behavior; in the context of their potential to distort the scientific process and intellectual honesty.