Missing Web References — A Case Study of Five Scholarly Journals

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  • Mohammad Hanief Bhat

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.7957

Keywords:

Missing URL’s, URL persistence, web citations

Abstract

The present study attempts to ascertain the proportion of missing web references of 5-10 year-old research papers of the five leading open access (OA) journals in library and information science. The results suggest that the number of web citations has increased from 41.60% of all citations in 1998 to 53.32% in 2002. But a substantial quantity of web citations (32.09%) was found to be missing. The percentage of missing web citations goes on increasing with each passing year – ten-year-old publications having the highest number of missing citations, i.e., 39.96% and five-year-old publications having the lowest number of missing citations (25.89%). 0.92% of citations had moved to a new URL address and 74.14% of missing citations resulted in an HTTP 404 (page not found) error.

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Published

2009-10-13

How to Cite

Bhat, M. H. (2009). Missing Web References — A Case Study of Five Scholarly Journals. LIBER Quarterly: The Journal of the Association of European Research Libraries, 19(2), 131–139. https://doi.org/10.18352/lq.7957

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Received 2012-05-18
Published 2009-10-13