Q: Is there no need to include a citation for a well-known theory?

Detailed Question -

An existing theory (with specific terms, such as queuing theory) is used to apply a certain scenario to a paper. Do I need to cite this theory in the text (citing the original literature)? Or does it mean that the queuing theory mentioned in the text is a citation, and there is no need to add a citation to this well-known theory?

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We had received a similar question a few months back. (You may refer to it here: Do I need to provide a citation for an existing theory?) In case there is still some aspect or part that you need help with, you may let us know and we shall be happy to respond.

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