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Dear editor- in- chief, Journal of Library Philosophy and Practice Prof. Mary K. Bolin, Professor and Chair, Technical Services, University of Nebraska--Lincoln Libraries, Lincoln NE 68588-4100 I would like to submit our article about "Webometrics of Payame Noor University of Iran with Emphasis on Provincial Capital Branches’ Websites". I attach the manuscript for your consideration and I would like to know if the topics are interested for you. I would greatly thank you if you let me know your evaluation result and opinion about its publication chance in your Scopus indexed database, not just website. Because, I have noticed some of the articles which are published in the journal’s website are not indexed in Scopus. If you find the manuscript interesting please let me know what are the criteria for publishing articles in Scopus database, to enable me to make further improvement in writing and formatting and submit it for publication. Your prompt answer is highly appreciated. Best Regards

Meisam Dastani


The science of webometrics is the study of the quantitative aspects of the construction and use of information resources, structures and technologies on the Web. One of the most important applications of this field is university websites’ and scientific centers’ rankings which is considered as one of the most famous university ranking systems in the world. The purpose of this study is to evaluate and rank websites of Payame Noor Universities of Iran and provincial capitals. This research had employed a surveying and descriptive method, which was performed on 31 websites of provincial capitals’ Payame Noor Universities and Payame Noor’s main website. This study was performed and evaluated during March 1st to March 10th 2018, using Webometrics. The results of this study show that among Payame Noor University branches’, Fars, East Azarbaijan and Isfahan websites had the highest search engine index in Google. Tehran, Yazd and Ardebil branches had the highest external link views. Fars, Khuzestan and Hamedan branches’ websites had the highest number of rich files in Google’s search engine. None of the websites in the study had any referencing index in Google Scholar’s search engine. In general, the results of this research indicates that Payame Noor Universities in provincial capitals do not have a decent webometrics ranking and indexing and their contribution to the webometrics of the main Payame Noor University’s website is not befitting.



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