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Paper Citation Network, Co-Author Network, Bibliographic Coupling Network, Document Co-Citation Network, Word Co-Occurrence Network Paper-Paper (Citation) Network

Load the file using 'File > Load' and following this path: 'yoursci2directory/sampledata/scientometrics/isi/FourNetSciResearchers.isi'.  A table of all records and a table of 361 records with unique ISI ids will appear in the Data Manager. In this "clean" file, each original record now has a "Cite Me As" attribute that is constructed from the first author, publication year (PY), journal abbreviation (J9), volume (VL), and beginning page (BP) fields of its ISI record. This "Cite Me As" attribute will be used when matching paper and reference records.

To extract the paper citation network, select the '361 Unique ISI Records' table and run 'Data Preparation > Extract Directed Network' using the parameters :

The result is a directed network of paper citations in the Data Manager. Each paper node has two citation counts. The local citation count (LCC) indicates how often a paper was cited by papers in the set. The global citation count (GCC) equals the times cited (TC) value in the original ISI file. Only references from other ISI records count towards an ISI paper's GCC value. Currently, the Sci2 Tool sets the GCC of references to -1 (except for references that are not also ISI records) to prune the network to contain only the original ISI records.

To view the complete network, select the "Network with directed edges from Cited References to Cite Me As" in the Data Manager and run 'Visualization > Networks > GUESS' and wait until the network is visible and centered. Because the FourNetSciResearchers dataset is so large, the visualization will take some time to load, even on powerful systems.

Select ' Layout > GEM' to group related nodes in the network. Again, because of the size of the dataset, this will take some time. Use 'Layout > Bin Pack' to "pack" the nodes and edges, bringing them closer together for easier analysis and comparison. To size and color-code nodes in the "Graph Modifier," use the following workflow:

  1. Resize Linear > Nodes > globalcitationcount> From: 1 To: 50 > When the nodes have no 'globalcitationcount': 0.1 > Do Resize Linear
  2. Colorize > Nodes > globalcitationcount > From:   To:   > When the nodes have no 'globalcitationcount': 0.1 >   >Do Colorize
  3. Colorize > Edges > weight > From (select the "RGB" tab) 127, 193, 65 To: (select the "RGB" tab) 0, 0, 0
  4. Type in Interpreter:
>for n in g.nodes:
     n.strokecolor = n.color

Or, select the 'Interpreter' tab at the bottom, left-hand corner of the GUESS window, and enter the command lines:

> resizeLinear(globalcitationcount,1,50)
> colorize(globalcitationcount,gray,black)
> for e in g.edges:

Note: The Interpreter tab will have '>>>' as a prompt for these commands. It is not necessary to type '>" at the beginning of the line. You should type each line individually and press "Enter" to submit the commands to the Interpreter.
This will result in nodes which are linearly sized and color coded by their GCC, connected by green directed edges, as shown in Figure 5.11 (left). Any numeric node attribute within the network can be used to code the nodes. To view the available attributes, mouse over a node. The GUESS interface supports pan and zoom, node selection, and details on demand. For more information, refer to the GUESS tutorial at

Figure 5.11: Directed, unweighted paper-paper citation network for 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset with all papers and references in the GUESS user interface (left) and a pruned paper-paper citation network after removing all references and isolates (right)

The complete network can be reduced to papers that appeared in the original ISI file by deleting all nodes that have a GCC of -1. Simply run 'Preprocessing > Networks > Extract Nodes Above or Below Value' with parameter values:

The resulting network is unconnected, i.e., it has many subnetworks many of which have only one node. These single unconnected nodes, also called isolates, can be removed using 'Preprocessing > Networks > Delete Isolates'. Deleting isolates is a memory intensive procedure. If you experience problems at this step, refer to Section 3.4 Memory Allocation.

The 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset has exactly 65 isolates. Removing those leaves 12 networks shown in Figure 5.11 (right) using the same color and size coding as in Figure 5.11 (left). Using 'View > Information Window' in GUESS reveals detailed information for any node or edge.
Alternatively, nodes could have been color and/or size coded by their degree using, e.g.:

> g.computeDegrees()
> colorize(outdegree,gray,black)

Note that the outdegree corresponds to the LCC within the given network while the indegree reflects the number of references, helping to visually identify review papers.

The complete paper-paper-citation network can be split into its subnetworks using 'Analysis > Networks > Unweighted & Directed > Weak Component Clustering' with the default values:

The largest component has 2407 nodes; the second largest, 307; the third, 13; and the fourth has 7 nodes. The largest component is shown in Figure 5.12. The top 20 papers, by times cited in ISI, have been labeled using

> toptc = g.nodes[:]
> def bytc(n1, n2):
      return cmp(n1.globalcitationcount, n2.globalcitationcount)
> toptc.sort(bytc)
> toptc.reverse()
> toptc
> for i in range(0, 20):
      toptc[i].labelvisible = true

Alternatively, run 'Script > Run Script' and select 'yoursci2directory/scripts/GUESS/'.

Figure 5.12: Giant components of the paper citation network 

Compare the result with Figure 5.11 and note that this network layout algorithm – and most others – are non-deterministic: different runs lead to different layouts. That said, all layouts aim to group connected nodes into spatial proximity while avoiding overlaps of unconnected or sparsely connected subnetworks. Author Co-Occurrence (Co-Author) Network

To produce a co-authorship network in the Sci2 Tool, select the table of all 361 unique ISI records from the 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset in the Data Manager window. Run 'Data Preparation > Extract Co-Author Network' using the parameter:

The result is two derived files in the Data Manager window: the "Extracted Co-Authorship Network" and an "Author information" table (also known as a "merge table"), which lists unique authors. In order to manually examine and edit the list of unique authors, open the merge table in your default spreadsheet program. In the spreadsheet, select all records, including "label," "timesCited," "numberOfWorks," "uniqueIndex," and "combineValues," and sort by "label." Identify names that refer to the same person. In order to merge two names, first delete the asterisk ('*') in the "combineValues" column of the duplicate node's row. Then, copy the "uniqueIndex" of the name that should be kept and paste it into the cell of the name that should be deleted. Resave the revised table as a .csv file and reload it. Select both the merge table and the network and run 'Data Preparation > Update Network by Merging Nodes'. Table 5.2 shows the result of merging "Albet, R" and "Albert, R": "Albet, R" will be deleted and all of the node linkages and citation counts will be added to "Albert, R".






Abt, HA





Alava, M





Albert, R





Albet, R





Table 5.2: Merging of author nodes using the merge table

A merge table can be automatically generated by applying the Jaro distance metric (Jaro, 1989, 1995) available in the open source Similarity Measure Library ( to identify potential duplicates. In the Sci2 Tool, simply select the co-author network and run 'Data Preparation > Detect Duplicate Nodes'. using the parameters:

The result is a merge table that has the very same format as Table 5.2, together with two textual log files:

The log files describe, in a more human-readable form, which nodes will be merged or not merged. Specifically, the first log file provides information regarding which nodes will be merged, while the second log file lists nodes which are similar but will not be merged. The automatically generated merge table can be further modified as needed.

In sum, unification of author names can be done manually or automatically, independently or in conjunction with other data manipulation. It is recommended that users create the initial merge table automatically and fine-tune it as needed. Note that the same procedure can be used to identify duplicate references – simply select a paper-citation network and run 'Data Preparation > Detect Duplicate Nodes' using the same parameters as above and a merge table for references will be created.

To merge identified duplicate nodes, select both the "Extracted Co-Authorship Network" and "Merge Table: based on label" by holding down the 'Ctrl' key. Run 'Data Preparation > Update Network by Merging Nodes'. This will produce an updated network as well as a report describing which nodes were merged. To complete this workflow, an aggregation function file must also be selected from the pop-up window:

The updated co-authorship network can be visualized using 'Visualization > Networks > GUESS', (See section GUESS Visualizations for more information regarding GUESS).
Figure 5.13 shows the layout of the combined 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset after it was modified using the following commands in the "Interpreter":   

> resizeLinear(numberofworks,1,50)
> colorize(numberofworks,gray,black)
> for n in g.nodes:
      n.strokecolor = n.color
> resizeLinear(numberofcoauthoredworks, .25, 8)
> colorize(numberofcoauthoredworks, "127,193,65,255", black)
> nodesbynumworks = g.nodes[:]
> def bynumworks(n1, n2):
     return cmp(n1.numberofworks, n2.numberofworks)
> nodesbynumworks.sort(bynumworks)
> nodesbynumworks.reverse()
> for i in range(0, 50):
      nodesbynumworks[i].labelvisible = true

Alternatively, run 'Script > Run Script ...' and select ' yoursci2directory/scripts/GUESS/'.

For both workflows described above, the final step should be to run 'Layout > GEM' and then 'Layout > Bin Pack' to give a better representation of node clustering.

In the resulting visualization, author nodes are color and size coded by the number of papers per author. Edges are color and thickness coded by the number of times two authors wrote a paper together. The remaining commands identify the top 50 authors with the most papers and make their name labels visible.

Figure 5.13: Undirected, weighted co-author network for 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset

GUESS supports the repositioning of selected nodes. Multiple nodes can be selected by holding down the 'Shift' key and dragging a box around specific nodes. The final network can be saved via 'GUESS: File > Export Image' and opened in a graphic design program to add a title and legend and to modify label sizes. The image above was modified using Photoshop. Cited Reference Co-Occurrence (Bibliographic Coupling) Network

In Sci2, a bibliographic coupling network is derived from a directed paper citation network (see section Document-Document (Citation) Network).

Load the file using 'File > Load' and following this path:  'yoursci2directory/sampledata/scientometrics/isi/FourNetSciResearchers.isi'. A table of all records and a table of 361 records with unique ISI ids will appear in the Data Manager.

Select the "361 Unique ISI Records" in the Data Manager and run 'Data Preparation > Extract Paper Citation Network.' Select "Extracted Paper Citation Network" and run 'Data Preparation > Extract Reference Co-Occurrence (Bibliographic Coupling) Network.'

Running 'Analysis > Networks > Network Analysis Toolkit (NAT)' reveals that the network has 5,342 nodes (5,013 of which are isolate nodes) and 6,277 edges.

In the "Bibliographic Coupling Similarity Network," edges with low weights can be eliminated by running 'Preprocessing > Networks > Extract Edges Above or Below Value' with the following parameter values:

to produce the following network:

Isolate nodes can be removed running 'Preprocessing > Networks > Delete Isolates'. The resulting network has 242 nodes and 1,534 edges in 12 weakly connected components.

This network can be visualized in GUESS; see Figure 5.14. Nodes and edges can be color and size coded, and the top 20 most-cited papers can be labeled by entering the following lines in the GUESS "Interpreter":

> resizeLinear(globalcitationcount,2,40)
> colorize(globalcitationcount,(200,200,200),(0,0,0))
> resizeLinear(weight,.25,8)
> colorize(weight, "127,193,65,255", black)
> for n in g.nodes:
> toptc = g.nodes[:]
> def bytc(n1, n2):
      return cmp(n1.globalcitationcount, n2.globalcitationcount)
> toptc.sort(bytc)
> toptc.reverse()
> toptc
> for i in range(0, 20):
      toptc[i].labelvisible = true

Alternatively, run 'GUESS: File > Run Script ...' and select 'yoursci2directory/scripts/GUESS/'.

For both workflows described above, the final step should be to run 'Layout > GEM' and then 'Layout > Bin Pack' to give a better representation of node clustering.

Figure 5.14: Reference co-occurrence network layout for 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset Document Co-Citation Network (DCA)

Load the file using 'Load > File'' and following this path: 'yoursci2directory/sampledata/scientometrics/isi/FourNetSciResearchers.isi'. A table of all records and a table of 361 records with unique ISI ids will appear in the Data Manager.

Select the "361 Unique ISI Records" and run 'Data Preparation > Extract Paper Citation Network'.   Select the 'Extracted Paper-Citation Network' and run 'Data Preparation > Extract Document Co-Citation Network.' The co-citation network will have 5,335 nodes (213 of which are isolates) and 193,039 edges. Isolates can be removed by running 'Preprocessing > Networks > Delete Isolates.' The resulting network has 5122 nodes and 193,039 edges – and is too dense for display in GUESS. Edges with low weights can be eliminated by running 'Preprocessing > Networks > Extract Edges Above or Below Value' with parameter values:


Here, only edges with a local co-citation count of five or higher are kept. The giant component in the resulting network has 265 nodes and 1,607 edges. All other components have only one or two nodes.

The giant component can be visualized in GUESS, see Figure 5.15 (right); see the above explanation, and use the same size and color coding and labeling as the bibliographic coupling network. Simply run 'GUESS: File > Run Script ...' and select 'yoursci2directory/scripts/GUESS/'

Figure 5.15: Undirected, weighted bibliographic coupling network (left) and undirected, weighted co-citation network (right) of 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset, with isolate nodes removed Word Co-Occurrence Network

In the Sci2 Tool, select "361 unique ISI Records" from the 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset in the Data Manager. Run 'Preprocessing > Topical > Lowercase, Tokenize, Stem, and Stopword Text' using the following parameters:

Text normalization utilizes the Standard Analyzer provided by Lucene (|). It separates text into word tokens, normalizes word tokens to lower case, removes "s" from the end of words, removes dots from acronyms, deletes stop words, and applies the English Snowball stemmer (, which is a version of the Porter2 stemmer designed for the English language..

The result is a derived table – "with normalized Abstract" – in which the text in the abstract column is normalized. Select this table and run 'Data Preparation > Extract Word Co-Occurrence Network' using parameters:

The outcome is a network in which nodes represent words and edges and denote their joint appearance in a paper. Word co-occurrence networks are rather large and dense. Running the 'Analysis > Networks > Network Analysis Toolkit (NAT)' reveals that the network has 2,821 word nodes and 242,385 co-occurrence edges.

There are 354 isolated nodes that can be removed by running 'Preprocessing > Networks > Delete Isolates' on the Co-Word Occurrence network. Note that when isolates are removed, papers without abstracts are removed along with the keywords.

The result is one giant component with 2,467 nodes and 242,385 edges. To visualize this rather large network, begin by running 'Visualization > Networks > DrL (VxOrd)' with default values:

Note that the DrL algorithm requires extensive data processing and requires a bit of time to run, even on powerful systems. See the console window for details:

To keep only the strongest edges in the "Laid out with DrL" network, run 'Preprocessing > Networks > Extract Top Edges' on the new network using the following parameters:

Once edges have been removed, the network "top 1000 edges by weight" can be visualized by running 'Visualization > Networks > GUESS'. In GUESS, run the following commands in the Interpreter:

> for node in g.nodes:
      node.x = node.xpos * 40
      node.y = node.ypos * 40
> resizeLinear(references, 2, 40)
> colorize(references,[200,200,200],[0,0,0])
> resizeLinear(weight, .1, 2)
> g.edges.color = "127,193,65,255"

The result should look something like Figure 5.16.

Figure 5.16: Undirected, weighted word co-occurrence network visualization for the DrL-processed 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset

Currently, when you resize large networks in the GUESS visualization tool, the network visualizations can become "uncentered" in the display window. Running 'View > Center' does not solve this problem. Users should zoom out to find the visualization, center it, and then zoom back in.

Note that only the top 1000 edges (by weight) in this large network appear in the above visualization, creating the impression of isolate nodes. To remove nodes that are not connected by the top 1000 edges (by weight), run 'Preprocessing > Networks > Delete Isolates' on the "top 1000 edges by weight" network and visualize the result using the workflow described above.

Database Extractions

Extended Version

This workflow uses the extended version of the Sci2 Tool. To know how to extend Sci2 view Section 3.2 Additional Plugins.

The Sci2 Tool supports the creation of databases from ISI files. Database loading improves the speed and functionality of data preparation and preprocessing. While the initial loading can take quite some time for larger datasets (see sections 3.4 Memory Allocation and 3.5 Memory Limits) it results in vastly faster and more powerful data processing and extraction.

Once again load 'yoursci2directory/sampledata/scientometrics/isi/FourNetSciResearchers.isi', this time using 'File > Load' instead of 'File > Load.' Choose 'ISI database' from the load window. Right-click to view the database schema:

Figure 5.17: The database schema as viewed in Notepad

As before, it is important to clean the database before running any extractions by merging and matching authors, journals, and references. Run 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Merge Identical ISI People', followed by 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Merge Document Sources'' and 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Match References to Papers'. Make sure to wait until each cleaning step is complete before beginning the next one.

Figure 5.18: Cleaned database of 'FourNetSciResearchers'

Extracting different tables will provide different views of the data. Run 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Extract Authors' to view all the authors from FourNetSciResearchers.isi. The table includes the number of papers each person in the dataset authored, their Global Citation Count (how many times they have been cited according to ISI), and their Local Citation Count (how many times they were cited in the current dataset.)
The queries can also output data specifically tailored for the burst detection algorithm (see section 4.6.1 Burst Detection).
Run 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Extract References by Year for Burst Detection' on the cleaned "with references and papers matched" database, followed by 'Analysis > Topical > Burst Detection' with the following parameters:

Visualize the burst analysis with 'Visualization > Temporal > Horizontal Bar Graph' with the following parameters:

See section 2.4 Saving Visualizations for Publication to save and view the graph.

Figure 5.19: Top reference bursts in the 'FourNetSciResearchers' dataset

For temporal studies, it can be useful to aggregate data by year rather than by author, reference, etc. Running 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Extract Longitudinal Summary' will output a table which lists metrics for every year mentioned in the dataset. The longitudinal study table contains the volume of documents and references published per year, as well as the total number of references, the number of distinct references, distinct authors, distinct sources, and distinct keywords per year. The results are graphed in Figure 5.20 (the graph was created using Excel). 

Figure 5.20: Longitudinal study of 'FourNetSciResearchers'

The largest speed increases from the database functionality can be found in the extraction of networks. First, compare the results of a co-authorship extraction with those from section Author Co-Occurrence (Co-Author) Network. Run 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Extract Co-Author Network' followed by 'Analysis > Networks > Network Analysis Toolkit (NAT)'. Notice that both networks have 247 nodes and 891 edges. Visualize the extracted co-author network in GUESS using 'Visualization > Networks > GUESS' and reformat the visualization using 'Layout > GEM' and 'Layout > Bin Pack.' To apply the default co-authorship theme, go to 'Script > Run Script' and find 'yoursci2directory/scripts/GUESS/'. The resulting network will look like Figure 5.21.

Figure 5.21: Longitudinal study of 'FourNetSciResearchers,' visualized in GUESS

Using Sci2's database functionality allows for several network extractions that cannot be achieved with the text-based algorithms. For example, extracting journal co-citation networks reveals which journals are cited together most frequently. Run 'Data Preparation > Database > ISI > Extract Document Co-Citation Network (Core and References)' on the database to create a network of co-cited journals, and then prune it using 'Preprocessing > Networks > Extract Edges Above or Below Value' with the parameters:

Now remove isolates ('Preprocessing > Networks > Delete Isolates') and append node degree attributes to the network ('Analysis > Networks > Unweighted & Undirected > Node Degree'). The workflow in your Data Manager should look like this: 

View the network in GUESS using 'Visualization > Networks > GUESS.' Use 'Layout > GEM' and 'Layout > Bin Pack' to reformat the visualization. Resize and color the edges to display the strongest and earliest co-citation links using the following parameters:

Resize, color, and label the nodes to display their degree using the following parameters:

The resulting Journal Co-Citation Analysis (JCA) appears in Figure 5.22.

Figure 5.22: Journal co-citation analysis of 'FourNetSciResearchers,' edges with 5 or more cocitations and nodes with node degree added, visualized in GUESS

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