Thinking About Reference Linking
The very nature of scholarly research has fundamentally changed with the increased availability of reference or citation linking. With the ubiquity of the Web, it seems natural to users and information professionals alike that they be able to link painlessly among full-text articles, abstracting and indexing (A&I) bibliographic information, and article reference lists. In a perfect world, such linking would occur seamlessly. However, in reality, technical obstacles, as well as organizational concerns, blur the vision of perfect, seamless reference linking. Information professionals need to be aware of the technical and organizational interests and obstacles associated with reference linking in order to better serve their users.