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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.
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.
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.
Weblock lets you automate the process of caching cited websites, relieving your authors from this tedious task.
Easily integrate and automate Weblock caching with your existing production workflow by using our REST API or XML upload features.
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).
Weblock works with websites, PDF files, and Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files.