Visualization of Wageningen UR research output, based on citing relations of journals, is helpful to visualize similarities between chair groups. Such a visualized comparison may indicate mutual interests in the same research areas.
The Library annually analyses the citation of scholarly journals by Wageningen UR staff. For this analysis, we use the scientific output from Wageningen UR from the last three years and download information on journal citations from Web of Science. To select scientific output of Wageningen UR staff, the Library uses the database Staff Publications. Only articles published in journals that are listed with the Institute for Scientific Information are selected since, for these articles, information on cited journals can be downloaded from Web of Science.
With citation information from Web of Science and affiliation information from Staff Publications we can create custom-made lists of cited journals for the different organization levels of Wageningen UR (e.g. individual researchers, research groups, institutes or science groups). These lists identify ordered sets of cited journals that have been important in the publication process to the researcher, group or institute.
Moreover, by looking at citing relations of journals by different groups, it is possible to visualize similarities between these groups based on citation behaviour in their scientific output. This visual comparison helps to identify Wageningen UR groups that cite from the same journals. Similarities in citation behaviour may indicate relationships of mutual interest in the same research areas. This can make these groups collaborators or competitors. Wageningen UR Library uses VOSviewer to make these visualized networks.
Strengths in research output and impact for Wageningen UR can be represented in the networks by mapping the number of published articles or relative research impact (RI) on top of the visualized networks.