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Mapping and visualization: selected examples of international research networks

Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska (Faculty of Ethnology and Sciences of Education, Uniwersytet Slaski w Katowicach, Katowice, Poland)
Nataliia Morze (Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, Kyiv, Ukraine)
Olena Kuzminska (University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine)
Piet Kommers (Universiteit Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands)

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

ISSN: 1477-996X

Article publication date: 30 October 2018

Issue publication date: 19 November 2018




This paper aims to describe the popular trends and methods and ICT tools used for mapping and visualization of scientific domains as a research methodology which is attracting more and more interest from scientific information and science studies professionals. Science mapping or bibliometric mapping is a spatial representation of how disciplines, fields, specialties and individual documents or authors. The researchers analysed Bibexel, Pajek, VOSViewer, programmes used for processing and visualization of bibliographic and bibliometric data, within the framework of the implementation of IRNet research network project and activities and presented several examples of visualisation.


Among the main indicators of research effectiveness – bibliometric indicators – is a powerful information tool to support the development of science. Practical research methods were prepared using the programs: Bibexel (metadata analyses), program Pajek: graph editing and visualization of the graph structure of co-authorship – using the method of Kamada-Kawai and VOSviewer: a computer program for creating maps based on network data and for visualizing and exploring these maps. The main features of VOSviewer can be summarized for creating maps based on network data, visualizing and exploring maps.


The cited references and keywords are used to analyse in particular the intellectual base used by the research field or to analyse documents that cite the same references.


The authors of the paper, who are researchers of the European IRNet project and international research network, described and analysed certain bibliographic results of these activities using methods of mapping and visualization of scientific domains.



The research leading to these results has received, within the framework of the IRNet project, funding from the People Programme (Marie Curie Actions) of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme FP7/2007-2013/under REA grant agreement No: PIRSES-GA-2013-612536 and statutory research.


Smyrnova-Trybulska, E., Morze, N., Kuzminska, O. and Kommers, P. (2018), "Mapping and visualization: selected examples of international research networks", Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 16 No. 4, pp. 381-400.



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