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Journal:   LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE   SUMMER 2006 , Volume 9 , Number 2; Page(s) 35 To 52.
 
Paper: 

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN WEB LINKS TO IRANIAN UNIVERSITY WEB SITES AND THEIR SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING INDICATOR: EXPLORING MOTIVATIONS FOR CREATION OF ACADEMIC LINKS

 
 
Author(s):  KOUSHA K.*
 
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Abstract: 

The present study aims to explore the relationship between research, web links and the process of scholarly communication in the environment of university websites. The results indicated a strong con-elation between the number of web links from American university websites to the websites of 34 Iranian universities and to the scientific publication index of Iranian universities. Iranian universities, which have published the highest number of articles in ISI journals in 2000, have received more web links from American universities. In order to validate quantitative data, the idea of creating 440 web links to the websites of Iranian universities was considered qualitatively. The results of the classification of web links indicated that the aim of none of the links made to Iranian universities was to get to a formal scholarly communication. Only 27% of links were related to the informal scientific communications and 63% were created for leading users to find Iranian university web sites. Also, about 10% were related to non-scholarly motivations. Based on the present evidences it can be concluded that the motivation to create link to the websites of Iranian universities is mostly influenced by sociological rather than scientific issues.  

 
Keyword(s): UNIVERSITY WEB SITES, LINK CREATION MOTIVATIONS, SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION, IRANIAN UNIVERSITIES
 
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