Citation mapping / network map of Zotero library

edited August 14, 2019
For those interested in creating a cross-citation map based on your Zotero library - there's a useful program here developed by jaks6:

It outputs 2 csv files of nodes and edges needed to then build the figure in Gephi. See image via the link about for what the Gephi output is.

It doesn't require the 'related' function in Zotero. Instead it mines your references for cross citations to produce a network map of references in you library, it shows which papers reference each other and how often.

You will need to install/run in python 2.7, install pdfminer, and load open the outputs in Gephi (I haven't tried the outputs in VosViewer yet but that's next on the cards).

This was based on a r script which is also linked on the github page if you'd rather use R. I had been looking for something like this for a long time so very happy this has been pulled together.
  • Hi! I'm a beginner with this stuff (and not much more expert with Zotero, I was using it some years ago but I had to leave most of it, 'cause at work we use a proprietary software used before I arrived), but I was actually looking for something like this!
    I was wondering: wouldn't be interesting to have like a "tree structure" when clicking a button on Zotero showing the cites pattern for an article? I mean, e.g. I have a big library and suddently I find an article that I have imported but I don't actually remember for which purpose, it would be nice I think to have an automatically created window that shows me if this article is cited in other articles of my library or if these other articles cite the former. Would be possible to include this feature into Zotero? another e.g., like "OMG, look here at this article! yes, it comes from this other one, and this comes from this third, and this…", etc etc
    I hope to have explained myself :-D
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