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Web links as research indicators: analogues of citations? Web links, Citation study, Research measurement, Motivation

Author(s): Alastair G Smith

Journal: Information Research: an international electronic journal
ISSN 1368-1613

Volume: 9;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 188;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: Web links | Citation study | Research measurement | Motivation

This exploratory study investigates the extent to which web links are analogues to the citations in traditional print literature. A classification of links is developed, using the nature of source and target pages, and the reason for linking. Links to a sample of research oriented websites (universities, professional institutes, research institutes, electronic journals, and individual researchers) were classified. Overall, 20% of the links in the study could be regarded as research links analagous to citations.
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