Visualization of the citation impact environments of scientific journals: an online mapping exercise

Leydesdorff, Loet Visualization of the citation impact environments of scientific journals: an online mapping exercise. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 2007, vol. 58, n. 1. [Journal article (On-line/Unpaginated)]


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Aggregated journal-journal citation networks based on the Journal Citation Reports 2004 of the Science Citation Index (5968 journals) and the Social Science Citation Index (1712 journals) are made accessible from the perspective of any of these journals. A vector-space model is used for normalization, and the results are brought online at as input-files for the visualization program Pajek. The user is thus able to analyze the citation environment in terms of links and graphs. Furthermore, the local impact of a journal is defined as its share of the total citations in the specific journal’s citation environments; the vertical size of the nodes is varied proportionally to this citation impact. The horizontal size of each node can be used to provide the same information after correction for within-journal (self‑)citations. In the “citing” environment, the equivalents of this measure can be considered as a citation activity index which maps how the relevant journal environment is perceived by the collective of authors of a given journal. As a policy application, the mechanism of interdisciplinary developments among the sciences is elaborated for the case of nanotechnology journals.

Item type: Journal article (On-line/Unpaginated)
Keywords: visualization, journal, citation, vector-space, Pajek, map
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information. > BB. Bibliometric methods.
Depositing user: Loet Leydesdorff
Date deposited: 05 Apr 2007
Last modified: 14 Dec 2012 19:51


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