Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 531–533 | Cite as

Is it Ethical for Journals to Request Self-citation?



By following the recently published paper in Science titled “Coercive Citation in Academic Publishing”, in this paper, we aim to discuss the demand of some journals that request authors to cite recently published papers in that journal to increase the impact factor of that journal. It will be mentioned that some of these demands are not ethical and consequently will diminish the reputation of the journal.


Journal Impact factor Citation Reputation Ethical 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Young Researchers and Elite Club, Mashhad BranchIslamic Azad UniversityMashhadIran
  2. 2.Fluid Mechanics, Thermal Engineering and Multiphase Flow Research Laboratory (FUTURE), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of EngineeringKing Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, BangmodBangkokThailand

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