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Title: WASP (write a scientific paper) : the use of bibliographic management software
Authors: Cuschieri, Sarah
Grech, Victor E.
Calleja, Neville
Keywords: Research
Bibliography -- Methodology
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Elsevier Ireland Ltd
Citation: Cuschieri, S., Grech, V., & Calleja, N. (2019). WASP (write a scientific paper): the use of bibliographic management software. Early Human Development, 128, 118-119. doi:10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2018.09.012
Abstract: In the scholarly environment, research findings are disseminated as journal papers which support/dispute extant knowledge or add further to what is already known. The entire manuscript needs to be cited (in-text) and referenced (at the end of article), in order for readers to ascertain the validity of the research claim/s. This must be done in proper and accepted fashion as plagiarism is a serious misdeed and inappropriate referencing mars a paper. Recent advancements in technology have led to the development of bibliographic management software tools. These tools are available as both commercial and open source software, and constitute a database wherein researchers search, store and cite references. Furthermore, authors can not only create personalized databases but also cite stored articles when compiling a manuscript or report or indeed any other form of document. This software obviates human manual inputting errors and inaccurate referencing, while conveniently enabling citation and referencing in any referencing style required, for example, after rejection, when an author must almost perforce resubmit a prepared but rejected paper to a different journal after suitable amendments.
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