A short note on pointless reference formatting

Philippe C. Baveye

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    In the last few years, several authors have opined that the multitude of reference styles used in scholarly journals is entirely pointless. In this brief note, a back-of-the-envelope calculation shows that this profusion of styles leads to significant waste of researchers' time and financial resources, all of which could be spent on far more meaningful pursuits. A simple solution is for all journals to adopt a single reference format. This could happen relatively easily, it is argued, if major funding agencies decided to back the idea.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)283-288
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Scholarly Publishing
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013


    • Academic publishing
    • Reference styles
    • Bibliography
    • Indexes


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