“At the time of writing, very little of the current digital library development work in open linking, cross?referencing, etc., involves the use of bibliometric (i.e., quantitative) methods. Studies in which some kind of link or citation analysis is applied with a view to improving our understanding of the ways in which open link structures are created or used are currently few and far between; nevertheless, reports of the ways in which these structures are being built are of definite relevance in the present context, in the sense that they are indicative of the kind of arena in which we might expect bibliometric methods to be applied in the future….
We found less activity than expected in bibliometric research on scholars’ activities in writing, in submitting for publication, and in collaboration. Given that scholars actually make their claims in their texts rather than in their citations, and we now have direct access to their texts, this area seems ripe for bibliometric study. Some bibliometric research has been done on scholarly productivity across disciplines, boundary?crossing activities, choices in submitting to print and electronic journals, and other judgments concerning where scholars choose to place their work. We also found studies that challenged the use of coauthorship as a surrogate for collaboration, exploring other means of assessing scholars’ behavior in working together.”