Reedijk J. Citations and ethics. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2012;51(4):828-30
Nowadays fabrication or engineering of journal Impact Factors and citations in general have been observed and will probably increase. They may be affected by particular editorial strategies, be intentionally or not. Peer reviewed scientific publications are the basis of scientific evaluations, and they must adhere to the highest ethical standards. These standards should be the same for authors, referees, and editors.