Explorative Visualization of Citation Patterns in Social Network Research


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Journal of Social Structure

International Network for Social Network Analysis

Subject: Social Sciences


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Explorative Visualization of Citation Patterns in Social Network Research

Ulrik Brandes / Christian Pich

Citation Information : Journal of Social Structure. Volume 12, Issue 1, Pages 1-19, DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/joss-2019-037

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Published Online: 13-January-2020



We propose a visual representation of bibliographic data based on shared references. Our method employs a distance metric that is derived from bibliographic coupling and then subjected to fast approximate multidimensional scaling. Its utility is demonstrated by an explorative analysis of social network publications that, most notably, depicts the genesis of an area now commonly referred to as network science. However, the example also illustrates some common pitfalls in bibliometric analysis.

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