What is a scientific field about? What do we know about its past and present? What are the most active areas of research in the field?
CiteSpace is a freely available computational tool designed to find answers to these questions through interactive visual explorations of patterns and trends conveyed by the body of scientific literature. This book demonstrates the visual analytic procedure of applying CiteSpace to the study of a potentially wide range of scientific fields. The new edition is updated with a new chapter on CiteSpace 5.1.R8.
I am a Professor of Informatics in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. I am the founding editor and the Editor in Chief of Information Visualization, published quarterly by SAGE. I am also the founding editor and the Specialty Chief Editor of Frontiers in Scholarly Metrics and Analytics, to be launched soon as an open access journal by Frontiers. I am the author of several books, including The Fitness of Information: Quantitative Assessments of Critical Evidence (Wiley, 2014), Mapping Scientific Frontiers: The Quest for Knowledge Visualization (2nd Ed.) (Springer, 2013), and Information Visualization: Beyond the Horizon (Springer, 2004, 2006). I have been developing and maintaining CiteSpace as a freely available Java application for visualizing patterns and trends in scientific literature.