A Study of Missing Web-Cites in Scholarly Articles: Towards an Evaluation Framework

Sellitto, Carmine ORCID: 0000-0001-6119-9242 (2004) A Study of Missing Web-Cites in Scholarly Articles: Towards an Evaluation Framework. Journal of Information Science, 30 (6). pp. 484-495. ISSN 0165-5515


This paper reports on a study that examined citation practice in a set of scholarly papers. After evaluating 2162 bibliographic references it was found that 48.1% (1041) of all citations used in the papers referred to a Web-located resource. A significant number of references to URLs were found to be missing (45.8%) and an evaluation of these Web-located citations allowed the average half-life (4.8 years) for these missing resources to be determined. The study also examined the composition of the top-level domains associated with resource loss as well as the proportional use of Web-located resources in individual articles. The proportional use of Web-located resources in individual articles and their corresponding evaluation for disappearance has not been previously documented. The paper utilised the proportional Web citation aspect of articles in proposing a Web-resource contribution index and a Web-citation use-loss grid that may aid future authors, editors and, in particular, researchers in investigating this growing aspect of citation behaviour.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/355
DOI 10.1177/0165551504047822
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0165551504047822
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Historical > FOR Classification > 0806 Information Systems
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Keywords citation, impermanence, web-located resourcy, URL, evaluation framework
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