CiteSpace: Visualizing Patterns and Trends in Scientific Literature
Java Runtime (JRE)
You need to have Java Runtime (JRE) installed on your computer before you can run CiteSpace. Make sure you install the JRE that matches to your system. If you have a 32-bit system, you need to install the JRE for Windows x86. If you have a 64-bit system, install the JRE for Windows x64. CiteSpace is currently optimized for Windows 64-bit with Java 7.
Memory or RAM
It is recommended that you should have at least 1024MB (=1GB) of memory on your computer.
WebStart versus Download
You may use either the WebStart link or the download link. The download version tends to have a faster response time. Unpack the downloaded zip file, you should see a launch.jnlp file. Double click on it to get started.
Eric SanJuan, University of Avignon, France, provides the following script.
Download the standalone Java 7 tgz
archive from oracle official website and use it WITHOUT any system
# to extract
files from the archive
# to run CiteSpace
# to run CiteSpace
using previous Java 7
Emad khazraee suggests that on Linux, you may need to modify
the following line in the launch.jnlp file:
<jnlp codebase="" href="launch.jnlp" spec="1.0+">
It should work on Mac, but the recent versions have not been tested on Mac in particular.
· The primary data source for CiteSpace is the bibliographic records retrieved from the Web of Science in the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge format, formerly ISI Export Format.
· The Web of Knowledge format should not be used with CiteSpace because the Web of Knowledge format does not have the cited references field and the order of a few other fields is different from the Web of Science format.
· When downloading records from the Web of Science, make sure that you select the option to include references. Save the records in plain text format to .txt files with the filenames starting with ‘download’.
Three sample datasets are provided below. CiteSpace provides some functions to convert data in other format.
If you have problems, comments, and/or suggestions related to CiteSpace, please feel free to email me, facebook, or the blog on science.net.
Updated: September 27, 2013