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Friday, December 03, 2004

A study of missing Web-cites in scholarly articles: towards an evaluation framework -- Sellitto 30 (6): 484 -- Journal of Information Science

A study of missing Web-cites in scholarly articles: towards an evaluation framework -- Sellitto 30 (6): 484 -- Journal of Information Science

This study from the Journal of Information Science by Carmine Sellitto points out an ongoing problem with the use of electronic publishing in academic discourse and reminds me of various pieces of work on Link Rot over the last few years.

If we are to base patient care on research, guidelines etc., as well as academic articles, it is vital that a copy is preserved in the format it was originally published in. The ability to change texts as new evidence comes to light is brilliant, and can bring up to date material closer to the point of patient care, but there are also risks in overwriting earlier work.

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