“Citation is an equity issue.”
As explained in a statement created by a task force of the National Council of Teachers of English,
“Citation justice reflects the full scope of multiply marginalized people’s intellectual contributions. To do so, citation justice requires making an effort to see and make visible the fullness of BIPOC and other multiply marginalized scholars’ contributions to various areas of scholarly inquiry.”
The goals of the position statement capture the essence of the objectives of citation justice:
Citation justice: is intersectional, reflects the full scope of multiply marginalized people’s intellectual contributions, resists and rejects intellectual empire building, and is accountable.
(i) …the importance of citation diversity, (ii) the percentage breakdown (or other diversity indicators) of citations in the paper, (iii) the method by which percentages were assessed and its limitations, and (iv) a commitment to improving equitable practices in science.