This tutorial deals with two software tools: VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer. VOSviewer (www.vosviewer.com) is a freely available tool for constructing and visualizing bibliographic coupling, co-citation, co-authorship, and term co-occurrence networks. These networks can be constructed based on data downloaded from Web of Science or Scopus. CitNetExplorer (www.citnetexplorer.nl) is a freely available tool for analyzing and visualizing citation networks of publications.
The aim of the tutorial is to provide the participants with a basic knowledge of VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer. Given time constraints, it will not be possible to explore the two tools in a fully comprehensive way, but the tutorial will offer a thorough introduction into the most essential features of the tools. This should be sufficient for the participants to perform all basic analyses that can be done using VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer. In addition, it should allow the participants to independently explore the tools in more detail.
The lecturers are Nees Jan van Eck and Ludo Waltman, both affiliated to the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University. Nees Jan and Ludo are the developers and VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer, and they therefore have an in-depth knowledge of both software tools. Nees Jan and Ludo regularly organize courses and workshops on VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer (see for instance www.cwts.nl/Bibliometric-Network-Analysis-and-Science-Mapping-Using-VOSviewer), so they have a lot of experience in training people in the use of these tools.