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Network Analysis

This guide defines network analysis and discusses several network analysis tools and methods

Citation Analysis

Citation analysis examines the frequency, patterns, and graphs of citations in documents. Citation analysis measures the relative importance or impact of an author, article, or other publication by counting the frequency with which that author, article, or publication has been cited in other works of scholarship. 

You can use citation analysis to

  • Determine how much impact a particular article has had by showing scholars that have cited it within their own works
  • Learn more about a subject area by reading the significant publications in that subject area
  • Determine how much impact a scholar has had by looking at their total number of citations

Tools for Citation Analysis

  • Sci2 (Science of Science Tool). A modular toolset specifically designed for the study of science. It supports the temporal, geospatial, topical, and network analysis and visualization of scholarly datasets
  • VOS Viewer. A software tool for constructing and visualizing bibliometric networks, this software allows users to primarily create node networks and heat maps. It is available as a free download or can be launched directly from their website
  • CiteNetExplorer. A software tool for citation analysis and visualizations from the Centre of Science and Technology Studies (CWTS)
  • Local Citation Network. This web-based tool utilizes digital object identifiers (DOIs) to generate like citations and visualizations from cited references in Microsoft Academic and Crossref