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Introducing Selfcite 2.0—career enhancing software

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 21 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1659
  1. Nick Craddock, Wellcome Trust senior research fellow in clinical sciences (,
  2. Michael C O'Donovan, senior lecturer in psychiatrya,
  3. Michael J Owen, professor of neuropsychiatric geneticsa
  1. a Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff CF4 4XN
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Craddock.

    Citation rate is becoming increasingly important as an index of success within medical academia.1 Self citation (referencing one's own earlier publications in a new publication) is a useful method for increasing citation rate.2 Although some academics are undoubted masters of this approach, maximising the benefit from self citation can be tedious, so we have developed a user friendly software package, Selfcite, to help in this task. In this paper we introduce the theory of self citation and give a short description of the Selfcite program.

    The benefits of self citation: theoretical considerations

    To achieve maximum benefit from self citation, each new publication should cite all earlier works.3 Thus, in one's second paper, the first is cited. In one's third, the first and second are cited, making a total of three citations. In the fourth, the first, second, and third are cited, making a total of six citations. The mathematically inclined reader will immediately recognise that the number of possible citations is the sum of a series of triangular numbers, and that the total number of citations possible on publication of the nth paper is given by …

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