Motivations for academic web site interlinking: evidence for the Web as a novel source of information on informal scholarly communication

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27337
Title:
Motivations for academic web site interlinking: evidence for the Web as a novel source of information on informal scholarly communication
Authors:
Wilkinson, David; Harries, Gareth; Thelwall, Mike; Price, Liz
Abstract:
The need to understand authors’ motivations for creating links between university web sites is addressed by a survey of a random collection of 414 such links from the ac.uk domain. A classification scheme was created and applied to this collection. Obtaining inter-classifier agreement as to the single main link creation cause was very difficult because of multiple potential motivations and the fluidity of genre on the Web. Nevertheless, it was clear that, whilst the vast majority, over 90%, was created for broadly scholarly reasons, only two were equivalent to journal citations. It is concluded that academic web link metrics will be dominated by a range of informal types of scholarly communication. Since formal communication can be extensively studied through citation analysis, this provides an exciting new window through which to investigate a facet of a previously obscured type of communication activity.
Citation:
Journal of Information Science, 29(1): 49-56
Publisher:
Sage
Journal:
Journal of Information Science
Issue Date:
2003
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/27337
DOI:
10.1177/016555150302900105
Additional Links:
http://jis.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/29/1/49
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
01655515; 00000000
Appears in Collections:
Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group; Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorWilkinson, David-
dc.contributor.authorHarries, Gareth-
dc.contributor.authorThelwall, Mike-
dc.contributor.authorPrice, Liz-
dc.date.accessioned2008-05-21T10:44:25Z-
dc.date.available2008-05-21T10:44:25Z-
dc.date.issued2003-
dc.identifier.citationJournal of Information Science, 29(1): 49-56en
dc.identifier.issn01655515-
dc.identifier.issn00000000-
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/016555150302900105-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/27337-
dc.description.abstractThe need to understand authors’ motivations for creating links between university web sites is addressed by a survey of a random collection of 414 such links from the ac.uk domain. A classification scheme was created and applied to this collection. Obtaining inter-classifier agreement as to the single main link creation cause was very difficult because of multiple potential motivations and the fluidity of genre on the Web. Nevertheless, it was clear that, whilst the vast majority, over 90%, was created for broadly scholarly reasons, only two were equivalent to journal citations. It is concluded that academic web link metrics will be dominated by a range of informal types of scholarly communication. Since formal communication can be extensively studied through citation analysis, this provides an exciting new window through which to investigate a facet of a previously obscured type of communication activity.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSageen
dc.relation.urlhttp://jis.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/29/1/49en
dc.subjectAcademic websitesen
dc.subjectAuthorsen
dc.subjectWebsites-
dc.subjectUniversities-
dc.subjectCollaborative working-
dc.subjectAcademic research-
dc.subjectScholarly communication-
dc.subjectMotivation-
dc.titleMotivations for academic web site interlinking: evidence for the Web as a novel source of information on informal scholarly communicationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Information Scienceen
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