Policy change: External links to high authority/government sites are encouragedWe have been discouraging use of external links from our website for various reasons including concerns about search engine penalties. However, we have realized that this is causing readers to miss out opportunities to find more information and references.
Going forward, we encourage our authors to provide links to high authority, government and official websites that provides additional information to the content you are writing.
1. There is no limit on how many links you can give to government sites as long as they are relevant to the topic and is needed for the reader to find additional information.
2. Links to official websites of universities are also allowed and encouraged when you are referring to a course or university.
3. Links to personal blogs, private websites and commercial websites are not allowed, unless you get a special permission from editors/admins. If such a link is provided with special permission, those links should use the attribute rel="nofollow"
4. Links to commercial websites and business websites are not allowed without special permission.
5. Referral links, affiliate links etc are never allowed.
6. Articles that go really deep into the subject may use links to other research papers and high authority articles even if they are on private websites.
If any member is found to be misusing this option for building backlinks to any other websites, we will remove posting permissions for those members.