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Now my question is, does the google algo understand that those research papers are getting info from the sources (my site) although there is no link?
You didn't mention if the university pages actually quote your site, or only use it as a reference in the footnotes. Is that part of your concern?
After playing around with some of the info in this thread [webmasterworld.com ] I noticed that some of the sites didn't actually - or seemingly so - link to the target, but rather quoted the source as in h*tp://www.thatsite.com.
I haven't had time to follow this through and it may very well be bogus. But its an interesting thought, and why wouldn't Gooogle want to follow and credit citations whether linked or not, it would seem very much in keeping with their original idea although perhaps with an ironic twist.
Well actually both, sometimes just a reference in the footnote, sometimes within the content, i do get plenty of links, but it still sucks when a huge top notch university quotes/cites you on their page and google has (apparently?) no clue how to judge that..
Yes, I agree that being link-stingy can really feel like a blow to the gut. But it's not only universities that do this. Some magazines are really awful about it -- for instance, recently one of my clients got a glowing review of a new product in a top international print magazine, but no link love on the web version of the article.
This question was asked of G, Ask and Yahoo at the SES NY conference . There's mention of it in the comments on Matt Cutt's blog (Day 4 report):
Audience Question: Some major news publications will list a url but not create a hyperlink to a site. Do you use that information into account?
Ask: We do assign credit for newly found sites. If there is already a link to the site, additional links to the same site are not considered. The URL as text is not treated as a link.
Yahoo: At this point we do not treat a text url as a link.
Google: That delves into the secret sauce. Think of coverage in major publications as a traffic source but not as a way of getting link popularity.
Yahoo: Y!Q creates links automatically to popular resources.
In addition to non-HTML documents, many HTML documents may also contain indirect or implicit linkage information without an associated hyperlink. For example, scientific documents often cite other reference documents using the title, author, publication date, publisher, and/or various other identifying information such as the book or journal in which the reference document appears. The citations to the reference documents are typically found directly in the text of the source document, in footnotes at the bottom of each page, or in endnotes or a bibliography at the end of the document, etc. It would be desirable to generate hyperlinks with appropriate anchor text to the reference documents such that a reader may navigate directly to the reference document.
The automatic hyperlink and anchor text generation process 100 begins at block 102 in which the source document is analyzed to extract various identifying information of the source document such as the title, author(s), affiliation(s), the publication date and/or the book or journal in which the source document appears or is published, etc.