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WebCite® (www.webcitation.org), formerly a member of the International Internet Preservation Consortium, is an on-demand archiving system for web references (cited webpages and websites, or other kinds of Internet-accessible digital objects), which was used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited web material will remain available to readers in the future. If cited web references in journal articles, books etc. are not archived, future readers may encounter a "404 File Not Found" error when clicking on a cited URL.
JMIR authors citing webpages, PDF reports available online, and other web-based references used to be asked to add a WebCite link to their references; however, since December 2018 this is no longer required or possible due to WebCite phasing out its service to the community. While the archival state/snapshots of websites that have been archived with WebCite in the past can still be accessed and cited, no new citations can be added.
A WebCite-enhanced reference is a reference that contains — in addition to the original live URL (which can and probably will disappear in the future, or its content may change) — a link to an archived copy of the material, exactly as the citing author saw it when they accessed the cited material.
A WebCite-enhanced reference contains the traditional elements of a reference (e.g. author and title of the cited webpage, if known), the cited URL, and a WebCite® URL.
Plunkett, John. "Sorrell accuses Murdoch of panic buying", The Guardian, October 27, 2005, URL: http://media.guardian.co.uk/site/story/0,14173,1601858,00.html, Archived at http://www.webcitation.org/5Kt3PxfFl on December 4th, 2006.