, Volume 60, Issue 3, pp 463–473 | Cite as

An analysis of backlink counts and Web Impact Factorsfor Chinese university websites

  • Junping Qiu
  • Jingquan Chen
  • Zhi Wang


This article aims to study the total backlink counts, external backlink counts and the Web Impact Factors (WIFs) for Chinese university websites. By studying whether the backlink counts and WIFs of websites associate with the comprehensive ratings and the research ratings for Chinese universities, the article demonstrates that the external backlink count can be a better evaluation measure for university websites than WIF. The study also investigated issues about data collection by using different search engines. It shows that data collected by Alta Vista are more stable than AllTheWeb.


Search Engine Task Team Page Count Alta Vista Word Filter 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Junping Qiu
    • 1
  • Jingquan Chen
    • 1
  • Zhi Wang
    • 2
  1. 1.Research Center for Chinese Science EvaluationWuhan UniversityWuhanP. R. China
  2. 2.Department of StatisticsNorth Carolina State University (USA

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