weblock.io — Robust Linking and Archiving of Websites Cited in Scholarly, Scientific and Legal Documents

Weblock is currently in beta. You can already use the service, but things may still change a bit.

Information for Publishers

How many obsolete links are hidden in your content?

Upload a .zip folder with full-text xml articles below to find out. Detailed Instructions

Our research has shown that 20% of links in website references are obsolete as early as 3 years after publication *. After 10 years, this figure climbs to around 40%. Further, the overall amount of citations to websites has slightly increased over the past years, with some journals — especially within social sciences and humanities — now counting 10% or more citations referencing websites.

Weblock's aim is to ease and automate the process of caching websites that are mentioned in the scholarly literature to guarantee long-term access to referenced online material. Important factors we consider while building our system are ease of implementation and affordable cost.

* See the All-Time Weblock Report here.

Advantages of Using Weblock


Avoid obsolete links

Weblock caches each cited website and automatically redirects users to the archived version if the original website is no longer accessible. You can thus avoid obsolete links in your content, which have a proven negative impact on search ranking.


Identify malformed links

Weblock validates each link and thus can help you identify and correct malformed urls in your content, such as urls without protocol prefix or urls with whitespaces.


Service your authors

Weblock lets you automate the process of caching cited websites, relieving your authors from this tedious task.


Integrate process into your production workflow

Easily integrate and automate Weblock caching with your existing production workflow by using our REST API or XML upload features.


Affordable and easy to implement

We built the Weblock system with you in mind: the implementation is straightforward and the costs affordable. To save additional costs, our system will automatically determine what to cache (e.g. a general reference to a website such as http://www.who.int will not be archived — unless you wish to do so — while a specific link such as http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/ will be archived).


Supporting common file formats

Weblock works with websites, PDF files, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.