About ten years ago a new research field called “webometrics” emerged. Similarities between methods used in webometrics and
scientometrics or informetrics are evident from the literature. Are there also similarities between scientometric and Web
indicators of collaboration for possible use in technology policy making? Usually, the bibliometric method used to study collaboration
is the investigation of co-authorships.
In this paper, Web hyperlinks and Web visibility indicators are examined to establish their usefulness as indicators of collaboration
and to explore whether similarities exist between Web-based structures and bibliographic structures.
Three empirical studies of collaboration between institutions and individual scientists show that hyperlink structures at
the Web don’t reflect collaboration structures collected by bibliographic data. However Web visibility indicators of collaboration
are different from hyperlinks and can be successfully used as Web indicators of collaboration.