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Why References*: Giving Credit and Growing the Field

MaryAnn Foote, PhD
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*From M A Foote Associates, Westlake Village, CA. The author has reported to the ACCP that no significant conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Correspondence to: MaryAnn Foote, PhD, M A Foote Associates, 4284 Par Five Ct, Westlake Village, CA 91362; e-mail: fmawriter@aol.com



Chest. 2007;132(1):344-346. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0320
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References may be the least noticed aspect of a scientific manuscript, but their proper use brings authority, credibility, and precision to scientific manuscripts. The reference section is an important part of a scientific manuscript because references acknowledge the work of other researchers that allowed you to formulate your hypothesis and enable readers of your article to locate those works. At some point, another researcher may reference your article, which allows the field to grow. I briefly discussed references in a previous article1 and noted the use of a plethora of references and the failure to cite the work of others as the most common problems.

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