[Sigmetrics] HistCite™ with Scopus data now possible

Loet Leydesdorff loet at leydesdorff.net
Thu Aug 3 13:55:16 EDT 2017

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; 
The 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

https://doi.org/10.3145/epi.2017.jul.10 <open access>
Loet Leydesdorff

Professor, University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR)

loet at leydesdorff.net <mailto:loet at leydesdorff.net>; 
Associate Faculty, SPRU, <http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/>University of 

Guest Professor Zhejiang Univ. <http://www.zju.edu.cn/english/>, 
Hangzhou; Visiting Professor, ISTIC, 

Visiting Fellow, Birkbeck <http://www.bbk.ac.uk/>, University of London;


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