In 1676, Isaac Newton wrote in a letter to Robert Hooke that, “If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Many attribute this concept to 12th century theologian John of Salisbury. King Solomon also shared wisdom on novelty in Ecclesiastes 1:9 that we now paraphrase as there is nothing new under the sun. While many of us see a rapidly evolving technical world, this world and its technology are based upon several thousands of years of previous scientific innovation. It is our charge as authors not only to build upon this previous...
In Brief|October 25, 2016
Stairway to heaven: Building upon and properly citing previous work
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