The full citations are not private nor have they been, or should they be. Only the names of the proposers are concealed.
For some they are the summation of many years, if not a lifetime, of a member’s contributions to the Association and to astronomy in general. To save a few lines in the Journal would be a bit mean.
Perhaps some guidelines might suggest something like the equivalent of the maximum number of words that would fit on a single side of A4, except in very exceptional circumstances such as George Alcock, Harold Ridley and Dr.Steavenson.