WebCite(R)

Team
Consumer and Public Health Informatics and ePublishing Lab

Summary

WebCite(R), a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, is an on-demand archiving system for webreferences (cited webpages and websites, or other kinds of Internet-accessible digital objects), which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited webmaterial will remain available to readers in the future.

Abstract

Scholarly authors increasingly cite webpages and other digital objects on the Internet, which can “disappear” overnight. In one study published in the journal Science, 13% of Internet references in scholarly articles were inactive after only 27 months. Another problem is that cited webpages may change, so that readers see something different than what the citing author saw. The problem of unstable webcitations and the lack of routine digital preservation of cited digital objects has been referred to as an issue “calling for an immediate response” by publishers and authors. WebCite(R), a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, is an on-demand archiving system for webreferences (cited webpages and websites, or other kinds of Internet-accessible digital objects), which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited webmaterial will remain available to readers in the future. WebCite(R) has been developed at the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation and is used by Biomed Central and hundreds of journals.

Project Sponsor

Eysenbach, G.

Organization

Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network

For more information about this project, contact:

Gunther Eysenbach
Senior Scientist
geysenba@uhnres.utoronto.ca