Throwaway citation of prior work creates risk of bad HCI research

Marshall, Joe, Linehan, Conor, Spence, Jocelyn and Rennick-Egglestone, Stefan (2017) Throwaway citation of prior work creates risk of bad HCI research. In: CHI 2017: ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 6-11 May 2017, Denver, Colorado, USA.

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In CHI papers, citation of previous work is typically a shallow, throwaway action that demonstrates little critical engagement with the work cited. We present a citation context analysis of over 3000 citations from 69 papers at CHI2016, which demonstrates that only 4.8% of papers cited are presented as anything other than uncontested fact. In 43% of CHI papers sampled, we found no evidence of any critical engagement. Lack of discussion and critique of previous work can encourage the spread of misunderstandings and errors. Authors, reviewers and publication venues must all change practices to respond to this failure of scholarship.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: CHI EA '17: proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. New York : ACM, 2017, ISBN: 978-1-4503-4656-6. pp. 827-836. doi: 10.1145/3027063.3052751
Keywords: Bad HCI, Citation context analysis, Referencing
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
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Depositing User: Marshall, Joseph
Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2017 09:38
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 18:44

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