ComputationalSocialScience

Rhetoric in Science

When you write papers, you will cite references because they inspire you, as [normative theory](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normative) states. You may have other references because they have rhetorical utilities, as shown in [social constructivism](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_constructivism). In collaboration with [Misha Teplitskiy](https://sites.google.com/view/teplitskiy) at the School of Information, University of Michigan, we study sociological theories in science by posing the following question: What roles do these two groups of references play, respectively, in equally or unequally distracting papers' status, quality, and attention from citers?