Over the last few years I have noticed that people increasingly struggle with giving attribution to the source of their ideas. Even when they do cite their sources they often struggle to deal with them in a civil manner—either making fun of them or presenting their own ideas as the culmination of all prior research.
I don’t have any research on why this is but it may be related to the borrowing culture of the Internet or the rise of snarky humour. Whatever the reason it negatively affects people’s contribution to the larger academic conversation.
Anne Curzan in The Chronicle of Higher Education talks about how understanding academic citation as a classroom conversation helped one class understand both its need and why a certain level of civility is necessary.