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Just for reference December 9, 2010

Posted by mareserinitatis in Uncategorized.
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I’m finishing a very comprehensive lit review for a project at work (hence all the gripes about reading papers lately). I have been backtracking and crossing references from papers to make sure I’ve gotten everything. Since then, I’ve been working on getting through them.

I am down to the last handful of papers. As I was reading one particular paper, I started freaking out at the ‘previous work section’. I started coming across references to papers that I had never seen before, and I couldn’t figure out how that could happen.

When I flipped back to the references, I saw a bunch of papers that I’d already read. I began to compare them to the way they were cited and came to an amusing realization. The authors are Chinese, and I think there may have been a bit of a cultural issue. They cited the authors of the other papers by their first names, apparently not realizing that Americans and European use the convention of using their surname after their personal name. However, they managed to reference the papers correctly.

I am curious why the reviewers didn’t catch this anomaly but very relieved that my lit review is still as comprehensive as I’d hoped it would be.

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1. Fluxor - December 9, 2010

Isn’t surname synonymous with family name?

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mareserinitatis - December 9, 2010

Doh! I hate when I’m thinking one thing and type another. Typo fixed. And you’re absolutely right. 🙂

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2. Strigiformes - December 11, 2010

Now I’m curious about how they listed their names for their own paper.

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mareserinitatis - December 11, 2010

What’s weird is that they had all their references listed correctly. I can’t figure it out…

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