Welcome to the VOSviewer web site
- Users of VOSviewer may also be interested in the recently released CitNetExplorer tool. This tool can be used for visualizing and analyzing citation networks of scientific publications. More information is available on the CitNetExplorer website.
VOSviewer is a freely available computer program that can be used for the following purposes:
- VOSviewer can be used to create maps based on network data. Maps are created using the VOS mapping technique and the VOS clustering technique.
- VOSviewer can be used to view and explore maps. It can show a map in various different ways, each emphasizing a different aspect of the map. It offers functionality such as zooming, scrolling, and searching, which facilitates the detailed examination of a map.
VOSviewer is primarily intended to be used for analyzing bibliometric networks. The program can for instance be used to create maps of publications, authors, or journals based on a co-citation network or to create maps of keywords based on a co-occurrence network. Various examples of maps created using VOSviewer are available here.
VOSviewer has been written in the Java programming language and runs on most hardware and operating system platforms. VOSviewer can be downloaded here. The program can also be started directly by clicking the Launch button below.