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Description: Methods sections for papers often include “shortcut citations”, where authors cite a previous paper describing the method rather than providing full details of the techniques performed. This meta-research study assessed how often methodological shortcut citations are used, and examined journal policies to determine whether they promote the use of shortcut citations. We also examined shortcut citations in a small sample of papers to determine what happens when readers consult cited resources to find methodological details.

License: CC-By Attribution 4.0 International


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