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Citational Politics

A resource page for critically examining who we cite.

Welcome to the Citational Politics guide

This guide is designed to help you enter the scholarly discussion about citational politics. Broadly, citational politics are the considerations, pressures, biases, and practices which lead to some scholars being cited preferentially or not at all. All of us have some bias - people prefer to cite work in their own language and also work that is readily available. But we focus here on how prejudice, whether explicit or implicit, leads to groups of people not being cited as experts when they should be. Women, African-Americans, international scholars, and indigenous scholars all suffer from lack of citation in a system that privileges established voices from the wealthiest institutes located in Europe and North America.