Active Citation through Hyperlinks: The Retarded Replication Revolution

Peer-reviewed Journal Article

Tønnesson, Stein (2012) Active Citation through Hyperlinks: The Retarded Replication Revolution, International Area Studies Review 15(1): 83–90.

The hyperlink revolution in academic referencing is long overdue. Why is the potential offered by the internet for providing hyperlinks to sources so little utilized by scholars? The article discusses the most likely reasons and suggests that the revolution will happen only when it is promoted from above through mandatory hyperlinks in term papers, dissertations, journal articles and scholarly monographs. This will make it possible for readers to replicate, test and evaluate not just statistical analyses of quantifiable data, but any argument based on qualitative or quantitative analysis of any kind of source, be it an object, text, speech act, image, or film.

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Stein Tønnesson

Stein Tønnesson

Research Professor