This is a description of the Web of Science: Citation Databases from Thomson Reuters citation visualisation tool called the citation map.
A citation map is a graphical representation that shows the citation relationships (cited references and citing articles) between a paper and other papers using various visualization tools and techniques.
Using citation mapping, you can analyze which researchers are citing your papers. You can also choose to organize and color code the results by author, year, journal title, subject category, and more.
You can also set up a graphical representation of the papers that you have cited in a published work. You can then choose to organize and color code the results by author, year, journal title, subject category, and more.
From a Full Record page, click the citation map link to go to the citation map start page where you can begin to create your citation map.
The citation map is generated and displayed in a three-panel window.
You can move the nodes around (including the target node) by clicking and dragging them using your left mouse key. This feature allows you to see parts of the map that are on the edge of the panel. This dragging action also brings the centered-map section into view so you can see the individual nodes more clearly.
By hovering your cursor on any node, you can view bibliographic information about that paper.
A white expand / collapse button displays in the bottom-right corner of the target node if there are citations for that record. Click to expand or collapse the display. You can also find these buttons on the back and fwd nodes.
The lower portion of the citation map window contains a Results Set panel (lower left) and a Record View panel (lower right).
A close control icon above the Results Set panel allows you to close the Results Set and Record View panels and view the citation map in full screen mode.
An open control icon allows you to reopen the Results Set and Record View panels and view record data.
The Results Set panel contains all of the records covered by the citation map you are currently viewing.
The check box for the target record is always selected when the citation map initially displays.
Use the check box to select one or more nodes - a red border appears around each selected node in the citation map. Choose Set Node Color from the Appearance menu to change the color of each selected node in the citation map.
The Select All check box in the column header allows you to select all records in the panel.
Use the standard page navigation arrows to move from page to page in the panel.
Use the standard Display menu to choose to display 10, 20, 50, or 100 records in the panel.
The Record View panel displays field data for records in Web of Science. The Number / Title of a record is linked to the Full Record in Web of Science.
By selecting and double-clicking any node in the citation map, you can view Full Record details about that record in the Record View panel.
Note the following:
The Manage menu allows you to create a new citation map and to save a citation map as an editable image.
This options allows you to create a new citation map for a selected node that appears on the citation tree and in the Results Set panel.
This option allows you to save your citation map as an independent image. The default format for saving the image file is PNG (Portable Network Graphics).
After you select this option, you can open the image or save the image to a folder on your computer. During this process, you can change the file format to another format such as GIF or BMP by replacing the PNG file extension after the file name.
If you have a graphics tool (for example, Macromedia Fireworks), you can modify your graphics image. For example, you can add text, notes, or resize your image.
Before using this option, check to ensure that Pop-up Blocker is turned off with your browser.
The Edit option allows you to change the direction of your citation map and the number of generations that appear. When you select Edit, the citation map start page appears for the current target record.
The Appearance menu allows you to order, color-code, and label citation tree nodes according to various record fields.
This option allows you to select a field by which to sort the nodes. Each node in a node grouping is sorted by the selected field alphabetically / numerically.
For example, by selecting Publish Year from the Order Nodes By menu, you can group records that were published in the same year.
Order Nodes By Menu
This option allows you to assign colors to nodes according to their record properties. That is, you can select a field to which to apply colors. This process takes the top 20 occurring data values and assigns them one of the 20 node colors (see Set Node Color). Any node that is not within the top 20 values remains black.
For example, by selecting Publish Year from the Color Code By menu, you can view, by color, records that were all published in the same year.
Color Code By Menu
This option allows you to apply color to selected nodes on the citation map.
Set Node Color Palette
If you decide to color the nodes by Publish Year (or another option), you may get a different view - the selected Color Code By field takes precedence.
This option allows you to select the field information that you wish to display in the nodes in the citation map.
For example, by selecting Author from the Set Node Text menu, you can view the author's name in each node.
Set Node Text Menu
The Print button opens a pop-up browser window that displays the citation map image. Click the Print link in the top right corner to print the image.
After you create a citation map, use the Year Range feature to set upper and lower year ranges. Drag and release the left and right arrows to adjust the year range. For example, you can set the year range to view records published from 1995 to 2005.
Click the Limit button to redraw the citation map to show only those records that fall within the selected year range. After you redraw the map, the Results Set panel will list only those records shown in the redrawn citation map including the target record. The Record View panel continues to show the target record.
Note that you cannot adjust the year range beyond the date of the target record.
These buttons help you quickly reconfigure your citation map.
Expand: Allows you to expand the space around the node on which the citation map is currently centered.
Contract: Allows you to collapse the space around the node on which the citation map is currently centered. Contracting is a good way to quickly see color relationships.
Center Root Document: Allows you to re-center the citation map on the original target node.
Create New citation map: Allows you to create a new map exactly as you would from the Manage menu.
This example shows you the citing and cited relationships by Publish Year. It provides a visual view of changes in citation patterns over time.
Release Date: September 4, 2008
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