Who inspired and influenced your blog post, article, presentation or other work?
They say copying is the sincerest form of flattery but as the leader of a publishing and conference team that invests in and works hard to contribute original ideas to the reliability community, we do not always view it as such.
Citations and attributions are a great way to give credit to the many sources of inspiration that helped you create a work. Go ahead, stand on the shoulders of a teacher, author, speaker, or subject matter expert but please give them a name!
Citation is a scholarly practice for tracking the ideological underpinnings of a work, usually referencing sources like published books, articles, government documents, primary sources, etc.
Attribution is about crediting a copyright holder according to the terms of a copyright license, usually crediting works like articles, presentations, books, music, video, and photography.
If you write articles, make presentations or create other work based on inspiration from others - that is great! If you want to encourage the people that inspire you to continue their hard work - give them some credit. I promise it won’t hurt and it will add validity to your work.
Please use the links below to learn best practices for attribution and citation.