I want to cite my previous work. Is self-citation ethical?
Congratulations on your second publication! Your question is indeed relevant from a researcher’s perspective. The concept of excessive self-citation is still a grey area to many. You may cite your previous work if there is a clear connection between that work and your current work. Citing your own work merely to boost your own citations is considered unethical. Of course, as a general guideline, you must review the author guidelines of the target journal and ensure compliance with all related policies. Best wishes for the manuscript drafting. Whenever you get a chance, make sure you visit our website for insightful articles on manuscript drafting, citations, reference management, journal selection, and other related topics.