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Editorial: Fundamental Differences between Hyperlinks and Citations

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Author(s): Alireza Noruzi

Journal: Webology
ISSN 1735-188X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 2;
Start page: e4;
Date: 2005;
Original page

Keywords: Webometrics | Link analysis | Hyperlink | Text Link | Web citation | World Wide Web

ABSTRACT
The Web is a growing organism and one of the most important characteristics of the Web is that a web page has ability to link to other web pages through hyperlinks. Since 1996, hyperlinks have been studied extensively by applying existing bibliometric techniques to the Web. The Web affords rich opportunities to apply and adapt bibliometric techniques to new contexts and content. It could be concluded that web resources are volatile and can change or disappear rapidly, thus it is almost impossible to link a web resource on the Web being sure that the resource will still exist in one year time. Consequently, authors of scholarly works should avoid citing documents published online (especially if published outside of electronic journals), as quite often linked web resources will be moved or disappear and the hyperlink will not work any more. Also, the content of any linked web resource can be changed by the linked author at any time.
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