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Journal Editor Resources: Cite-Checking

This guide is intended to capture essential information for journal cite-checkers and incorporate library policies started in 2021.

Contact the Reference Desk

Biddle Reference Librarians are available to help with any journal-related questions.

Reference Desk & Chat:

Mon - Fri. 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (ET)

If you have questions outside of Reference hours, you can always send us an email at

To chat with a librarian, you can use the form below (visible when chat is online) or follow the "Chat with a Librarian" links from the library's homepage.

Check Your Journal Policies

Always Consult Your Journal's Policies for Permalinking!

Some journals use a single, shared account for all Editors, while others require individual users to be affiliated with the Journal organization. Make sure you know which model your Journal uses and follow their procedures accordingly.

If your journal uses individual accounts, your Research Editor will inform the library's perma.CC registrar to help set up permissions for all users.

Permalinking with Perma.CC

Permalinking with Perma.CC

Penn Law has a subscription to Perma.CC which allows all law school-affiliated users to create unlimited permalinks for citation purposes. Permalinks are the primary mechanism for fighting linkrot--the dreaded "404 page not found" message that one encounters when a webpage moves or is taken offline. A permalink creates a snapshot of a dynamic webpage as it existed as a specific moment in time, which is very valuable for preserving the integrity of citations to web sources. This is highlighted by the Bluebook's Rule 18.2.1(d), which states:

The Bluebook, Rule 18.2.1(d)(d) Archival.  Archiving of internet sources is encouraged, but only when a reliable archival tool is available. For internet citations to Internet sources, append the archive URL to the full citation in brackets:

Using Perma.CC

Using Perma.CC

Fortunately Perma.CC is very easy to use and creates permalinks almost instantaneously. To create permalinks of webpages, all you need to do is log in using either your individual account or your shared journal account. Once you are logged in, there should be a blank bar in the middle of the screen reading "Paste your URL here"--to create a permalink of any URL, just copy and past it into that box, make sure that the dropdown below the box is set to put the permalink into an appropriate folder (again, this is a matter of journal policy--some journals create folders by volume, article author, etc.), then click the "Create Perma Link" button to get a permalink URL suitable for all Bluebooking needs!



There are instances where Perma.CC will run into problems. For example, it should not be used for content behind a paywall--typically it won't actually work if you try to capture a paywall-protected webpage. It also often has problems capturing pages with embedded audio or video (they won't be saved as part of the capture). If capture fails, you can also manually upload a pdf of the source to be archived on their site.

If you are experiencing problems with Perma.CC, consult their help materials and FAQ or reach out to a librarian at the Biddle Law Library.