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Law Review Services Guide: Perma Links

Help for those on law review

Websites change. Perma Links don’t.

Perma.cc creates permanent records of the web sources cited in articles. Readers who encounter Perma.cc links can click on them like ordinary URLs. This takes them to the Perma.cc site where they are presented with a page that has links both to the original web source (along with some information, including the date of the Perma.cc link’s creation) and to the archived version stored by Perma.cc.

Due to copyright issues, it only creates permalinks to open web sources. It will reject any attempt to create a links from a paid services such as Lexis, Westlaw, B-Law, HeinOnline, JSTOR and others.

UNH School of Law is a member of Perma.cc and is committed to preventing link rot in our journals. The use by our journals is mandatory. It is up to each editor in chief to decided how to deploy its use with editors. They have used both a centralized model where one or two editors create all permalinks for each issue. They have also used a distributed model where every editor has an account and is responsible for creating permalinks for the articles they are working on. Check with your EIC on the model chosen for the volume you are working on. 

IP Librarian Prof. Jon Cavicchi is the Perma.cc Registrar. Each EIC needs to notify him whether they want to use a centralized or distributed model of permalink creation. The EIC will create accounts for editors as indicated. Each EIC will instruct editors on the use of Perma.cc and the editorial process of inserting permalinks into footnotes. It is important that as each link is created, the editor properly selects the option "This Perma Link will be affiliated with" and chooses the journal they are working with. This keeps our inventory of links organizaed. 

When your tenure as an editor is complete, the Registrar will remove you as a user. Questions should be directed to your EIC. You EIC can speak with the Registrar if any questions or issues arise. If you want a general orientation to Perma.cc, please visit their Guide.