How many references are appropriate for an article?
How many for a communication?
Or a proposal?
My post-doc sends me a very nice paper that will be submitted as a full article with 16 references (Gasp!). I'm frustrated because the low # of references implies that they have only read 16 papers in the last 6 months or so. And I'm frustrated because part of my editing process will involve looking up references to support our findings. Yes, I'm a PI and should look up all these references anyways, but really... a post-doc can only find 16 citations???
Anyways, my preferences are 40+ for an article, 15+ for a communication, and 50-100 for a proposal.