I have been told many times that it is not considered correct in academic papers to use bibliographic citations as nouns, as in "a complete proof of Theorem 7 can be found in ". Now I am not averse to learning what the language community's standards are and following them — especially in this case it is a very easy rule to follow — but I wonder what reason, if any, there is, for this prohibition apart from mere custom and habit.
I would certainly never consider a paper I'm reading worse for using this construction. It seems like a fine sort of scholarly deixis, a way of pointing directly at a reference in the same way that I might say "yeah, there is a gas station over there three miles away". I think I actually have a habit of reading the more parenthetical use of it, as in "a complete proof of Theorem 7 can be found in a series of papers by Smith (,,)" as being an elided form of the (again essentially nominal) phrase "... by Smith (see ,,)".
Do other people use this, pointedly not use it, love it, hate it? I would love to hear a good argument against it.