Perma: Scoping and Addressing the Problem of Link and Reference Rot in Legal Citations
Harvard Law School and Kennedy School; Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; Berkman Center for Internet & Society
Harvard Law School
Harvard Law School; Harvard University - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
October 1, 2013
Harvard Public Law Working Paper No. 13-42
We document a serious problem of reference rot: more than 70% of the URLs within the Harvard Law Review and other journals, and 50% of the URLs found within United States Supreme Court opinions, do not link to the originally cited information.
Given that, we propose a solution for authors and editors of new scholarship that involves libraries undertaking the distributed, long-term preservation of link contents.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Keywords: URLs, Internet, Link Rot, Reference Rot, Archiving Preservation
Date posted: September 23, 2013 ; Last revised: February 15, 2014
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