Rhetoric in Science

When you write papers, you will cite references because they inspire you, as [normative theory]( states. You may have other references because they have rhetorical utilities, as shown in [social constructivism]( In collaboration with [Misha 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?