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International Journal of Libraries and Information Services

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Methods for Analysing Web Citations: A Study of Web-Coupling in a Closed Environment

Cristina Faba-Pérez / Vicente P. Guerrero-Bote / Félix De Moya-Anegón1

1University of Extremadura, Library and Information Science Faculty, Badajoz, Spain and University of Granada, Library and Information Science Faculty, Granada, Spain

Vicente P. Guerrero-Bote, (Corresponding author). University of Extremadura, Library and Information Science Faculty, Alcazaba de Badajoz (Antiguo Hospital Militar), 06071 Badajoz, Spain. Tel.: +3424259910. Fax: +3424286401. E-mail:

Cristina Faba-Pérez, University of Extremadura, Library and Information Science Faculty, Alcazaba de Badajoz (Antiguo Hospital Militar), 06071 Badajoz, Spain. E-mail:

Félix De Moya-Anegón, University of Granada, Library and Information Science Faculty, Campus Cartuja, Colegio Máximo, Granada, Spain. E-mail:

Citation Information: Libri. Volume 54, Issue 1, Pages 43–53, ISSN (Print) 0024-2667, DOI: 10.1515/LIBR.2004.43, May 2008

Publication History

Received:
2003-05-13
Received:
2003-12-16
Accepted:
2003-12-29
Published Online:
2008-05-27

To reveal the structure of the relationships that establish themselves on the World Wide Web, one needs to apply tools that faithfully represent the virtual environment. Some of the most interesting relationships are those that are brought to light by web-coupling (the Web analogue of bibliographic coupling). We here propose an analysis of this type based on the common links that are generated within a closed web environment, using multivariate statistics (principal component analysis, and multidimensional scaling) and a connection-based technique (Kohonen's self-organizing maps). The results show that it is possible to use the common links of web spaces in order to reveal the structures and the underlying relationships in a thematic closed environment.

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