What is this link doing here? Beginning a fine-grained process of identifying reasons for academic hyperlink creation

April 18, 2003

Analogies between Web links and citations have been used in information retrieval to improve search engine query matching and in information science to develop link metrics for academic and other Web spaces. The purpose of this paper is to begin a fine-grained process of differentiating between creation motivations for links in academic Web sites and citations in journals on the basis that they are very different phenomena.

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