I have a question regarding a literature review for my research. I would like to know if there is a way to get the list of common references to different articles automatically.

Example: I have these 2 articles (in Mendeley Reference Manager, as PDF and DOI URL)

  • Roy, S., Prasanna Venkatesan, S., & Goh, M. (2021). Healthcare services: A systematic review of patient-centric logistics issues using simulation. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 72(10), 2342-2364. https://doi.org/10.1080/01605682.2020.1790306

  • Brailsford, S. C., Eldabi, T., Kunc, M., Mustafee, N., & Osorio, A. F. (2019). Hybrid simulation modelling in operational research: A state-of-the-art review. European Journal of Operational Research, 278(3), 721-737. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejor.2018.10.025

And, from the manual/visual check of the references for each article (in the pdf and the web URL), I know that the reference :

Brailsford, S. C., Harper, P. R., Patel, B., & Pidd, M. (2009). An analysis of the academic literature on simulation and modeling in health care. Journal of Simulation, 3(3), 130-140. https://doi.org/10.1057/jos.2009.10 .

is part of the list of common references for the previous 2 articles.

I don't know how to tackle this problem. I know how to use python and I am using Mendeley Reference Manager to manage my research references.

Thank you all


I have found some different approaches to find a solution.

Solve exactly what I asked for in this question. Free, simple and really easy to use. Recommended when one is starting a literature review with some articles that are related to the research because you can find some precedent and future work-related.

I have tested this application and it is very great: free, show earlier/later relevant research papers, suggested authors, visualize the connections... I recommended 100% for a nice and user-friendly literature review.

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  • Here is a solution in R (but you can adjust it to Python): academia.stackexchange.com/questions/92890/…
    – anpami
    Aug 3, 2022 at 17:36
  • Thank you @anpami. The post that you mentioned is answer the inverse process: they found a list of DOIs that have cited both work1 and work2. I am looking for a list of DOIs cited in both, work1 and work2.
    – allabur
    Aug 4, 2022 at 17:50


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