Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Step on the footnotes and kill them before they breed

Alex Tabarrok at Marginal Revolution comes up with a terrible idea to reform academic publishing: make a manuscript's value depend on the number of citations to it in other papers.

Does he really want to make other academic disciplines prone to the massive over-citation now prevalent in law reviews? What about authors who cite themselves, or their colleagues and co-authors? This does not sound good.
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