The Web Impact Factor: A Survey of Some Iranian University Web Sites

Noruzi, Alireza The Web Impact Factor: A Survey of Some Iranian University Web Sites. Studies in Education & Psychology, 2004, vol. 5, n. 2, pp. 105-119. [Journal article (Paginated)]

Web.Impact.Factors.Persian.pdf - Published version

Download (369kB) | Preview

English abstract

In this paper, we define the Web Impact Factor (WIF) with explaining its history, advantages and disadvantages. The Web Impact Factor (WIF) is a quantitative tool for ranking, evaluating, categorizing, and comparing web sites, web pages, top-level domains and sub-domains. In addition, we discuss briefly about the differences between the Web Impact Factor and the Journal Impact Factor (JIF), and the utilities of hyperlinks and the WIF in Web indexing. As a sample, we calculated the WIFs of 15 Iranian universities, and we found that the web sites for Iranian universities have a low inlink WIF. This indicates that for linguistic reasons, Iranian (Persian) sites may not receive and attract the attention that they deserve from the World Wide Web. Moreover, Shahid Beheshti University web site with a WIF of 12/33 had the highest impact factor and the University of Tehran with 9750 web pages had the highest web size between Iranian university web sites.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Webometric, Web Impact Factor (WIF), Journal Impact Factor (JIF), Link analysis, Iranian universities, Iran
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BB. Bibliometric methods
H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HQ. Web pages.
L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
Depositing user: Dr. Alireza Noruzi
Date deposited: 10 Aug 2007
Last modified: 12 Mar 2019 15:28


Bharat, K., Chang, B.W., Henzinger, M., & Ruhl, M. (2001). Who links to whom: mining linkage between web sites. In Proceedings of the IEEE international conference on data mining (ICDM), San Jose, Nov. 2001. Retrieved January 29, 2005, from

Garfield, E. (1999). Journal impact factor: A brief review. Canadian Medical Association Journal, October, 161 (8), 979-980.

Ingwersen, P. (1998). The calculation of Web Impact Factors. Journal of Documentation, 54 (2), 236-243.

Li, X. (2003). A review of the development and application of the Web Impact Factor. Online Information Review, 27(6), 407-417.

Noruzi, A. (2006). The Web Impact Factor: A critical review. The Electronic Library, 24(4), 490-500.

Rodriguez i Gairin, J.M. (1997). Volorando el impacto de la informacion en Internet: AltaVista, el "Citation Index" de la Red [Impact assessment of information on the Internet: AltaVista, the citation index of the Web]. Revista Espanola de Documentacion Scientifica, April-June, 20 (2), 175-181. Retrieved January 29, 2005, from

Smith, A.G. (1999). ANZAC webometrics: exploring Australasian web structures. In Proceedings of Information Online and On Disc 99: Strategies for the next millennium. Sydney, Australia, 19-21 January 1999. Sydney: ALIA: 159-181. Retrieved January 29, 2005, from

Smith, A.G., & Thelwall, M. (2002). Web Impact Factors for Australasian universities. Scientometrics, 54(3), 363-380.

Thelwall, M. (2002). Evidence for the existence of geographic trends in university web site interlinking. Journal of Documentation, 58(5), 563-574.

Vaughan, L., & Thelwall, M. (2004). Search engine coverage bias: evidence and possible causes, Information Processing & Management, 40, 693-707.

Wormell, I. (2001). Informetrics and webometrics for measuring impact, visibility and connectivity in science, politics and business. Competitive Intelligence Review, 12 (1), 12- 23.


Downloads per month over past year

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item