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A. In some sense this is just a choice of language, but it's a useful one. The references of your paper are those that you list at the end; they're the papers you've cited. The citations of your paper are all the papers that mention your work, that is all the papers that have your paper in their reference list. If a mistake has been made in a reference list, then the cited paper won't get its due citation in INSPIRE.
A. References from eprints and and other papers for which we have the full-text (such as theses) are extracted automatically from PDF files, we also obtain the reference lists from journal articles via arrangements with publishers. When an eprint is first downloaded, we extract the references, then after one week we extract a fresh set of references in case any have changed. After that, the reference list of core papers (those from hep*, nucl*, gr-qc and physisc.acc-ph) is hand-checked; we don't have the resources to do this for other papers.
A. In SPIRES references were a single line, stored simply as a journal, eprint or occassionally report number reference, e.g.
PRLTA,104,141102 or arXiv:0912.3976 or FERMILAB-THESIS-2010-51
In INSPIRE we now store all the information that was given in the paper, which is helpful if we don't have the paper in our database. An INSPIRE reference looks like this (compared with a single line SPIRES reference as given above):
11 C. M. Hull and P. K. Townsend Nucl.Phys.,B438,109 hep-th/9410167
This new format will enable us to construct links by storing DOIs.
A. To ensure the references of your papers are extracted cleanly, we recommend using the INSPIRE LaTeX/BibTeX formats to create your reference lists. Every record in INSPIRE (for example) has the following links:
BibTeX | LaTeX(US) | LaTeX(EU)just click on one to be taken to a display that you can cut and paste into your reference list. Alternatively, you can use INSPIRE to generate a bibliography.
A. Just click on on the "References" link, e.g. https://inspirehep.net/record/51188/references then click on the "Update these references" link.
A. The citation search should be used and interpreted with great care. Citations in INSPIRE-HEP are gathered only from the papers in our database that have references entered electronically via eprints or journal articles. Non-eprinted papers are difficult for us due to manpower constraints. The citations we do collect are subject to many forms of error, from typographical errors in the source paper, to errors in our parsing of the reference, to errors due to some nonstandard reference formats. Publications such as monographs or conference proceedings are treated inconsistently, both in the literature and in our database. Thus citations to these works can be up to date, completely missing, or somewhere in between.
It should also be noted that we are primarily concerned with High Energy Physics and do not typically include papers outside of direct interest to this field. If you usually publish in, say, condensed matter physics, but have written a few papers in HEP both your publication history and citation counts will be unreliable in INSPIRE. In the future we may show citation counts from other services on our author publication profile pages, which will help this situation. In HEPNames we can also link to your GoogleScholar profile.
These are just a few of the challenges that any attempt to track citations confronts. There will always be errors in citation counts in INSPIRE-HEP and in other databases.
A. As citable, we consider arXiv papers, journal articles and some report series.