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Overview of citation graphs and tools

Published onMay 27, 2021
Overview of citation graphs and tools

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This page is an interlay for (scholarly) citation graphs.
1. What are these for / what is their scope;
2. What things like this exist now for various contexts;
3. How are these updated, by which curators + what processes;
4. What are the upstream and downstream sources + derivatives; and
5. What do we want the above to become, in the fullness of time?

Focus and challenge

Compiling a global citation graph (or a subset relevant to your current research context), in a format that’s convenient for [re]calculating metrics and training models.

What exists now

A concordance of citation graphs!

Other lists + aggregators of graphs

  • Concordance: does one exist? Else what’s a good template for one

  • Lists of resources: (github-awesome lists) (wp list of graphs)

Citation graphs themselves

  • Microsoft Academic / Open Academic Graph

  • Internal graphs @ metrics-providers

  • Web of Science


Citation graph tools

Publish or Perish
Depsy (deprecated): (citations for software)

Search engines

  • GettheResearch

  • Semantic Scholar

    • Derivatives: citation-intent

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ImpactStory: (alt metrics)

How are these updated?

What are related up + downstreams?

Where do we want to be? + related research

What comes after MAG?

  • Microsoft Academic Graph changed the landscape of possibility for uses of citation graphs.

    • It was mostly-complete and mostly-free to reuse, at launch 7 years ago.

    • It was updated by a talented team at MS, which did extensive document-processing on a wide range of source formats.

    • It quickly became a staple of any aggregator of such data, and people started to rely on its identifiers, author-identification, and topic-mapping

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