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Hyland, ken and Feng (Kevin) Jiang. 2018. Changing patterns of self-citation: cumulative inquiry or self-promotion? Text & Talk 38 (3) : 365–388.
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De Gruyter


Self-citations are a familiar, if occasionally disputed, part of academic knowledge construction and reputation-building, conducing to both the cumulative nature of academic research and aiding writers to foster their scientific authority and add to their careers. This study distinguishes a big growth in self-citations albeit this is subject to disciplinary variation and softened by a vast increase in citations overall, so that self-citation has fallen as a proportion of all citations. It tries to account for these changes and render a rhetorical comment for authorial practices.