Can Google's PageRank be used to find the most important academic Web pages?

@article{Thelwall2003CanGP,
  title={Can Google's PageRank be used to find the most important academic Web pages?},
  author={Mike Thelwall},
  journal={Journal of Documentation},
  year={2003},
  volume={59},
  pages={205-217}
}
Google’s PageRank is an influential algorithm that uses a model of Web use that is dominated by its link structure in order to rank pages by their estimated value to the Web community. This paper reports on the outcome of applying the algorithm to the Web sites of three national university systems in order to test whether it is capable of identifying the most important Web pages. The results are also compared to simple inlink counts. It was discovered that the highest inlinked pages do not… CONTINUE READING

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