Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Self-Cititillation Syndrome (SCS)

After seeing one too many law review articles where every other footnote seems to cite to one of the author's earlier articles, I think I found the term to describe this: Self-Cititillation Syndrome ("SCS"). Definition: "the propensity of some law school professors to overly cite to their own earlier published works", from "cititillation", "the excessive pleasure taken in seeing someone else cite to your own article or other publication".

Possible usage:

"Yes, its a good article, but he better be careful - he comes close to excessive self-cititillation a few times."

"I had to stop reading after two pages because she kept self-cititillating herself."

"There's nothing wrong with a little self-cititillation. I mean, everyone does it. Just do it in moderation."

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