War of References
My post on Biases in References generated email and real conversations and one phenomenon that got abstracted:
- Authors submit their paper q to a conf citing a paper p very prominently giving credit for prior work;
- q gets accepted, authors submit a camera ready version with lukewarm reference to p making it sound contemporaneous;
- After a few months/years, q is submitted, accepted and appears in the journal version, references to p now missing or p made to appear irrelevant.