[Irtalk] PLOS ONE: Scholarly Context Not Found: One in Five Articles Suffers from Reference Rot

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Dec 29 15:08:49 SAST 2014

The emergence of the web has fundamentally affected most aspects of
information communication, including scholarly communication. The immediacy
that characterizes publishing information to the web, as well as accessing
it, allows for a dramatic increase in the speed of dissemination of
scholarly knowledge. But, the transition from a paper-based to a web-based
scholarly communication system also poses challenges. *In this paper, we
focus on reference rot, the combination of link rot and content drift to
which references to web resources included in Science, Technology, and
Medicine (STM) articles are subject.*

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