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Bibliometrics and Altmetrics: Measuring the Impact of Knowledge

This guide includes information on which of the databases contain citation measures that can be used to gage either an author, article or journal impact.

DEFINITION: Citation Map

"A map of science is a spatial representation of how disciplines, fields, specialties, and individual papers or authors are related to one another as shown by their physical proximity and relative locations, analogous to the way geographic maps show the relationships of political or physical features on the Earth."

Small, H. (1999). Visualizing science by citation mappingJournal of the American society for Information Science50(9), 799-813.

Sample Citation Map

Create a citation map using the article by Small, H. (shown above).


If you get an error message when generating the map, follow the steps:

  1. Go to the Java Control Panel (On Windows click Start and then Configure Java)
  2. Under the Security Tab there is a feature called the Edit Site list.
  3. Click on Edit Site list then add the URL
  4. Make sure you clear the cache and cookies of your browser.

More information on this problem can be found at the Java web site: Why are Java applications blocked by your security settings with the latest Java?


Create a Citation Map

Do you want to create a graphical representation that shows the citation relationships (cited references and citing articles) between your paper and other papers? Using Web of Knowledge database citation mapping tool, you can analyze which researchers are citing your papers. You can also choose to organize and color code the results by author, year, journal title, subject category, and more.

Getting started:

 Watch the video tutorial or follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to Web of Science from Database Finder (If you are off-campus, login using your directory ID and password).
  2. Type in the article title for which you want to create a citation map.
  3. Click on the article title link to open the full record.
  4. Click on View Citation Map link on the right menu.

For more detailed instructions on how to use this tool, go to Web of Knowledge Tutorial