A key point is that the _existing_ mutual promotion (by citation) by different researchers in different journals _cannot_ be detected by any automatic means. And this is already happening – e.g. El Naschie and Ji-Huan He – and was fantastically successful, propelling Alexandria University into the world’s research elite and He into the “top 10” (or thereabouts) researchers in all fields for “Hottest research”.
Citation analysis can simply go into the bin.
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