A picture is worth a thousand words! You can use various visualizations to convey your message. For instance, you can include state-of-the-art figures in your presentations, you can add the annual distribution of publications to your papers, or you can add a list of top authors or top institutions to your internal reports.

Before communicating your analysis results, please pay attention to the following caveats.

  1. Data coverage is never perfect. Be careful with the biases introduced during data collection phase.
  2. Maps are result of projecting data into 2 or 3 dimensions. Thus, the real distance between elements might be different from what you see in visualizations.

The software tools introduced for Data Analysis can generate various maps for you. You can easily add these maps to your slides: Term Maps, Co-authorship Maps, Citation Maps, Bibliographic Coupling Maps, Co-citation Maps.

The visualizations that you can add to your manuscript varies based on type of paper you’re writing and the journal or conference you’re submitting to. As a source of inspiration use the examples listed below.

 Annual Distribution of Publications – See Figure 1 in “What is an emerging technology?

 Basic Statistics – See figures and tables in “State of the art in simulation-based optimisation for maintenance systems

 Word Clouds – check this interesting comment on “The evolution of Biomaterials Research

 Term Map (disciplinary composition) – See Figures 1 and 2 in “Global maps of science based on the new Web-of-Science categories

 Co-authorship Maps (Country Level)- See Figure 3 in “International Collaboration in Science: The Global Map and the Network