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Eliminating Self-Citations

Self-citations refer to cited references that contain an author name which matches the name of the author of a citing article.

Sometimes it is desirable to eliminate self-citations from the results of a cited reference search. This can be done by combining a cited reference search with a search by source author.

  1. Perform a cited reference search to find articles that cite the works of a particular author.

  2. Click Search. Enter the name of the same author in the Author field. Click Search.

  3. Click the Advanced Search link.

  4. Combine the two searches you just completed in a Boolean NOT expression (for example, #1 NOT #2). The results of the Search (the articles written by the author) should be the set on the right-hand side of the operator.

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