I just realized that the co-citation analysis is a very handy tool, especially at the initial stage of the research. There are many software available that do the co-citation and bibliographic analysis for you. However, most of them require the output file from scientific search engines like Scopus, Web of Science, and so on.

What I would like to do is to run a co-citation analysis on a collection of scientific papers that I have (gathered in a folder), to see how the citation network looks like and find the most important papers. I am currently using Vosviewer but it appears that it does not allow such analysis.

I have exported the .ris file from Mendeley and then read it in Vosviewer but then it only shows the co-authorship and co-occurrence of keywords, which are not interesting for me.

Any suggestion will be appreciated.

  • This is either a shopping question, if you are looking for a tool, or "not within scope" if you are looking for how to do it. You could write your own tool, of course.
    – Buffy
    Jul 9, 2021 at 13:16
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    @Buffy Questions about software tools are explicitly allowed.
    – GoodDeeds
    Jul 9, 2021 at 13:21
  • Is connectedpapers.com or scite.ai along the lines of what you're looking for?
    – 0xDBFB7
    Jul 9, 2021 at 15:27
  • @0xDBFB7 no because these platforms only allow you to choose a particular paper and see the citation map for it. However, as I mentioned, I am looking for a method to develop the citation network for my library.
    – KratosMath
    Jul 9, 2021 at 16:08

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You can import your library into Inciteful.xyz* or LitMaps.

* Note: So far, Inciteful.xyz only supports an import of BibTeX files. However, (1) you can easily convert .ris files to BibTeX, and (2) it seems that Inciteful.xyz is still under development and might enable the direct import of .ris files soon (see this Tweet).

  • Thanks a lot. LitMAps is exactly what I wanted. I created a bib file from my library using Mendeley and supplied it to LitMap, which then made a citation network for me.
    – KratosMath
    Jul 10, 2021 at 10:36

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