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Citation reference visualisation


I am trying to find some software that allows me to visualise links between itesms in my bibliography - specifically I would like to visualise citations between items in my bibliography (eg. if paper A, cites paper B it should show a link between them).

Web of Science can do it based on search results: https://images.webofknowledge.com/WOK46/help/WOS/h_citation_map.html

VOSviewer and a few others can do it from a Mendeley or EndNote databse, but not using citations only key words.

ISI format seems to be the only one that captures citations and you can only export to ISI from database searches not your own bibliographpy.

This guy wrote himself a little code that is the closest I have found but will only show one citation link not how many. Plus I don't know how to edit his code.

Any suggestions for resources our there, I've spent a lot of time searching? I'll buy a coffee if anyone can find me the solution I'm after!

Here's another example of what it might look like below.

Thanks kindly.

Citation network


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cli's picture
cli, 3 years ago

Never quite resolved this, I am still yet to find anything that can analyse your own bibliography in the form a citation network - I suspect it doesn't exist at least in the public sphere yet.

There's a comprehensive/useful list outlining tools that can analyse search data created from Web of Science, Scopus etc here: https://sites.google.com/site/hjamali/scientometric-portal

Hi Ian,

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D Litting, 3 years ago

Hi Ian,

I've done a little bit of thinking about your problem, it seems like you've surveyed the landscape of what is available pretty well. In my travels I found this github code that might be useful (its hard to tell), it's possible you've already seen this - https://github.com/CrossRef/citevis - that code is editable but you'd have to know javascript. 

I also found this article on visualising networks of science research, I figure you've seen this too - http://www.infotoday.com/online/may12/Belter-Visualizing-Networks-of-Scientific-Research.shtml - the paper shows some examples of visualisations drawn from Web of Science data done with the Science of Science tool - https://sci2.cns.iu.edu/user/index.php

Finally there's Citation Map - http://stko.geog.ucsb.edu/node/6 which claims to be able to visualize some relationships off a document you provide it (not quite the same as what you want as it doesn’t compare particular papers with other particular papers) – I couldn’t get it to work though, it jsut sits there thinking

One thought I had is that if EndNote can do visualisations based on keywords then possibly you would put all the citations of a paper, or  the list of the articles that had cited that paper as harvested from Google Scholar, and paste the names of those citations into the keywords field. Would that allow you to draw any cross comparisons?

Beyond this I recommend you contact our digital archivist duncan.loxton@uts.edu.au as apparently he was working on a similar kind of idea for our in house publishing division, OPUS




Hi Ian,

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D Litting, 3 years ago

Hi Ian,

Off the top of my head I'm not aware of a magic bullet to help you with this kind of visualisation but let me ask around the office and see if I can dig up any wisdom for you.


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