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Loet Leydesdorff | Aug, 03 2017


HistCite™ with Scopus data now possible

Further steps in integrating the platforms of WoS and Scopus: Historiography with HistCite™ and main-path analysis

El Profesional de la Información 26(4)
(2017) 662-670; program HistCite™
enables an analyst to identify significant works on a given topic using
the citation links between them diachronically. However, using Scopus data for drawing historiograms with HistCite™ has hitherto been a problem. In the new version of the program CRExplorer, one can translate citation data from Scopus to WoS formats (or vice versa) and then import the data into HistCite™. In this brief communication, we demonstrate these options using the papers of Eugene Garfield (1925-2017) in Scopus for main-path analysis. The two historiograms are considerably different: unlike the WoS set, the networked connections between the time lines are sparse in the representation of the Scopus data; the secondary documents (e.g., editorials in Current Contents) not processed in Scopus, but included in WoS enrich the representation. Furthermore, HistCite™ has an option to export the citation network as a Pajek
file that can be read by most network analysis and visualization
programs. Garfield’s texts are centered by him as a personality and
entrepreneur in different domains more than intellectually, although
there are a number of recurring themes. Our own main paths are shaped
along a line along which components indicate longer-term projects.
Loet Leydesdorff, Andreas Thor, Lutz Bornmann <open access>


University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) ;
Associate Faculty, SPRU, University of Sussex;

Guest Professor Zhejiang Univ., Hangzhou; Visiting Professor, ISTIC, Beijing;

Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck,
University of London;