Thelwall M. "Evidence for the existence of geographic trends in university Web site interlinking" J. Doc. 58(5):563-574, 2002.

Eugene Garfield garfield at CODEX.CIS.UPENN.EDU
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TITLE         Evidence for the existence of geographic trends in
              university Web site interlinking
AUTHOR        Thelwall M
JOURNAL       JOURNAL OF DOCUMENTATION 58 (5): 563-574 2002

 Document type: Article   Language: English
Cited References: 32      Times Cited: 2

The Web is an important medium for scholarly communication of various types,
perhaps eventually to replace entirely some traditional mechanisms such as
print journals. Yet the Web analogy of citations, hyperlinks, are much more
varied in use and existing citation techniques are difficult to generalise
to the new medium. In this context, one new challenging object of study is
the modern multifaceted, multi genre, partly unregulated university Web
site. This paper develops a methodology to analyse the patterns of
interlinking between university Web sites and uses it to indicate that the
degree of interlinking decreases with distance, at least in the UK.
This is perhaps not in itself a surprising result, despite claims of a
paradigm shift from the traditional virtual college towards collaboratories,
but the methodology developed can also be used to refine existing Web link
metrics to produce more powerful tools for comparing groups of sites.

Author Keywords:
Internet, knowledge workers, universities, United Kingdom

KeyWords Plus:

Thelwall M, Wolverhampton Univ, Sch Comp & Informat Technol, Wolverhampton
WV1 1DJ, W Midlands, England
Wolverhampton Univ, Sch Comp & Informat Technol, Wolverhampton WV1 1DJ, W
Midlands, England


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 BRODER A              COMPUT NETW                   33       309      2000
 CHAKRABARTI S         COMPUTER                      32        60      1999
 CHU H                 IN PRESS J ED LIB IN                            2002
 CRASWELL N            P 24 ANN INT ACM SIG                   250      2001
 CRONIN B              J AM SOC INFORM SCI           49      1319      1998
 CRONIN B              J INFORM SCI                  27         1      2001
 CUI L                 J MED INTERNET RES             1        E4      1999
 DARMONSI SJ           REV PRATICIEN MED GE          14      2079      2000
 DAVENPORT E           WEB KNOWLEDGE FESTSC                   517      2000
 EGGHE L               J INFORM SCI                  26       329      2000
 GOODRUM AA            INFORM PROCESS MANAG          37       661      2001
 HADLEY C              COMP PROTEIN STRUCTU                            2001
 HARTER SP             J AM SOC INFORM SCI           51      1159      2000
 HERNANDEZBORGES AA    J MED INTERNET RES             1        E1      1999
 INGWERSEN P           J DOC                         54       236      1998
 KATZ JS               SCIENTOMETRICS                31        31      1994
 KLING R               J AM SOC INFORM SCI           51      1306      2000
 ROUSSEAU R            SITATIONS EXPLORATOR           1                1997
 SMITH A               SCIENTOMETRICS                54       363      2002
 SMITH AG              J DOC                         55       577      1999
 THELWALL M            IN PRESS ASLIB P                                2002
 THELWALL M            IN PRESS J DOCUMENTA                            2002
 THELWALL M            J AM SOC INF SCI TEC          52      1157      2001
 THELWALL M            J DOC                         58        60      2002
 THELWALL M            J DOC                         57       177      2001
 THELWALL M            J INFORM SCI                  27       319      2001
 THELWALL M            PUBLICLY ACCESIBLE D                            2001
 THOMAS O              J INFORM SCI                  26       421      2000

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