Shotton D. Funders should mandate open citations. Nature 2018 Jan 9
Analyses of citations can reveal how scientific knowledge develops over time and illuminate patterns of authorship. Such information is essential for assessing scholars' influence and making wise decisions about research investment. Bibliographic databases and citation indices are also crucial to individual reasearchers to find relevant papers throughout the literature. According to the author, all publishers must make bibliographic references free to access, analyse and reuse.