CitNetExplorer – Amazing new tool for Analyzing for visualizing citation networks of scientific publications.

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CitNetExplorer is a software tool for visualizing and analyzing citation networks of scientific publications. The tool allows citation networks to be imported directly from the Web of Science database. Citation networks can be explored interactively, for instance by drilling down into a network and by identifying clusters of closely related publications.
Why use CitNetExplorer?

Examples of applications of CitNetExplorer include:

Analyzing the development of a research field over time. CitNetExplorer visualizes the most important publications in a field and shows the citation relations between these publications to indicate how publications build on each other.

Identifying the literature on a research topic. CitNetExplorer delineates the literature on a research topic by identifying publications that are closely connected to each other in terms of citation relations.

Exploring the publication oeuvre of a researcher. CitNetExplorer visualizes the citation network of the publications of a researcher and shows how the work of a researcher has influenced the publications of other researchers.

Supporting literature reviewing. CitNetExplorer facilitates systematic literature reviewing by identifying publications cited by or citing to one or more selected publications.

DataWeb of Science import. Citation networks can be imported directly from the Web of Sciencedatabase.Pajek export. Citation networks can be exported in the popular Pajek file format.Large networks. Very large citation networks, including millions of publications and tens of millions of citation relations, are supported.FeaturesDataVisualizationAnalysis

VisualizationZooming and scrolling. Visualizations of citation networks can be explored using zoom and scroll functionality similar to for instance Google Maps. A smart labeling algorithm ensures that labels do not overlap.Indirect citation relations. In addition to direct citation relations, higher-order indirect citation relations can be made visible as well.Screenshots. Screenshots of citation network visualizations can be easily copied into other programs, such as Word or PowerPoint.AnalysisSelection of publications. Publications can be selected simply by indicating the oldest and most recent publications of interest. Intermediate publications are automatically added to the selection.Drill down and expand. Drill down and expand functionality offers an intuitive way of moving through a citation network. Like in a web browser, back and forward buttons can be used to move back and forth.Algorithms. Algorithms are available for identifying connected components, clusters, core publications, and shortest and longest paths.

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