Sorry I haven't blogged much. Life's been busy.
But here's an interesting post by FemaleScienceProfessor discussing the appearance of "citation circles", people forming groups to cite each other (when possible) in order to get their citation numbers up. On the Web, the equivalent is link farms, designed to get one's ranking up in Web search. It makes me wonder if other methods for improving one's search rank are showing up or already commonly in play by people who try to work their citation count numbers upwards. And whether methods for finding link farms used by search engines could (and should?) be used to correct citation counts in some way.