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Clinical reports of pulmonary metastasectomy for colorectal cancer: a citation network analysis.
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    Journal article
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    Journal Article
  • Authors:
    Fiorentino F, Vasilakis C, Treasure T
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  • Pagination:
    1085, 1097
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    Br J Cancer
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  • Keywords:
    Bibliometrics, Colorectal Neoplasms, Data Collection, Humans, Lung Neoplasms, Pneumonectomy, Publishing
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary metastasectomy for colorectal cancer is a commonly performed and well-established practice of ∼50 years standing. However, there have been no controlled studies, randomised or otherwise. We sought to investigate the evidence base that has been used in establishing its status as a standard of care. METHODS: Among 51 papers used in a recent systematic review and quantitative synthesis, a citation network analysis was performed. A total of 344 publications (the 51 index papers and a further 293 cited in them) constitute the citation network. RESULTS: The pattern of citation is that of a citation cascade. Specific analyses show the frequent use of historical or landmark papers, which add authority. Papers expressing an opposing viewpoint are rarely cited. CONCLUSIONS: The citation network for this common and well-established practice provides an example of selective citation. This pattern of citation tends to escalate belief in a clinical practice even when it lacks a high-quality evidence base and may create an impression of more authority than is warranted.
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