I am reviewing a journal paper and the authors constantly use sentences of the sort
"this research, see references  and , has shown some success"
It seems to me this is ungrammatical, and that it should be instead:
"this research (see references  and ) has shown some success"
but what can I say to convince them? That is, what is the rule being infringed here?
PS: please note that my question was not on references format, but about English grammar in general. They are including a separate sentence (in the imperative) and separating it with commas, and that is what seemed incorrect to me, in the same way that
"I was watching this show, check it out tonight, that tells the story of a man (...)"
This seems fine as colloquial English but not as formal English. Is this the case and, if so, what is the reason?