I was wondering whether it is possible to cite information from the abstract part of another scientific paper.

Let’s say that you read something interesting in the abstract of a scientific paper and that you want to cite that information.

Is it normal to use that specific research paper as a reference source?

The question arises because normally the abstracts of scientific papers don’t contain references, but still the abstract would reflect what the authors of that paper conclude/claim.


To further ellaborate:

My question is relating to scientific papers in general.

I know that the abstract normally does not contain any citations like: [1].

The abstract is like a summary of the scientific paper.

When I quote or cite from the abstract of a certain scientific paper, I would be citing as if that scientific paper is the source.

As a result if assuming that the abstract of a scientific paper contains the conclusions of authors that wrote the abstract. Even though these authors partly or not partly based those conclusions on external sources.
So my question is whether that specific abstract/conclusion would be a valid source to cite from, making the scientific paper containing the abstract the source of citation.

Currently I am writing a paper which is related to my previous work. However, there are several publications that I would like to cite from it. I do not want the new manuscript to feel like a easy-self-citing paper, so I wonder which is the limit of self-citation.

Of course, the self-cites correspond to different works, some of them poorly correlated with the others.

I have some data that originally is from OECD, but downloaded from the database Datastream. How do I cite this kind of data? I don’t even know the original name of the dataset, just what it’s called in Datastream, which is not necessarily the same thing, right? And what year do I put down?

Edit: Someone edited my title. The original source is not unknown as is clear from the text. I just can’t find the data on the OECD website.

Edit2: The topics linked are not about citing third-party databases, which is what I would like an example of. For example, do I call the dataset what it’s called in Datastream or do I need to find the original source and find its name? That doesn’t seem possible in this case.

My question seems to be pretty specific since I cannot find an exact answer online.

I am working on a paper that I want to submit to a conference. I wrote my masters thesis which looked at something through two different lenses using two different datasets.

I want to use one of those angles to submit a paper to a conference, and potentially the other in the future. So my questions are:

  1. Is this okay to do?
  2. Do I need to cite my masters’ thesis, even if it is unpublished?
  3. Can I just copy parts that would apply, or do I need to paraphrase and cite different parts of the paper? For example, the analysis section of the paper, I give the background of the interviews I conducted. Can I just use this same language for the paper I want to submit to the conference?

Thank you in advance for the help!

In this question I asked:

Assume that Jane Doe has published a paper in 2010 where she has developed a model or a theorem or a similar result, let’s say for concreteness that it relates to “growth”

Now assume that Jane Doe is writing another paper in 2015, where she refers to the model/theorem from her paper in 2010.

Is it acceptable for Jane to write: “Doe’s growth model (2010), implies that …” or “Doe’s growth theorem (2010) implies that …”, or even “The Doe growth model (2010) implies …”?

The answer seems to generally be “no”.

@jakebeal states:

“Newton’s Laws” and “Hawking radiation” and “Rayleigh scattering” are retrospective judgements of significance by the community.

@user2768 states:

Writing “Doe’s growth model” or “Doe’s growth theorem” suggests that the community has agreed to name Doe’s results this way.

This leaves me with the question: How does the community come to agree to call such a model “Doe’s growth model”? By what process is this decided?