Almost nine years after the initial proposal, today a new version is available.
Key references is a mechanism for scientific authors to highlight papers of special or outstanding interest for their readers. With lists of references that commonly go well above 20 or 30 references, highlighting up to 10% of the references makes this more useful to readers.
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We propose to include in research articles a set of “key references” in addition to “key words”, to be used by both humans and search engines for locating, tracking, grouping and studying the development of specific scientific developments.
Authors are encouraged to highlight as “key references” on a paper the works most related to that particular paper.
This is the proposal »