May 26, 2022

Bibliometric Visualizations: An Online Version of VOSviewer is Now Available

From the Leiden Madtrics Blog:

Bibliometric visualizations are often presented as powerful tools for identifying the key patterns in large bibliometric data sets. However, not everyone is convinced of their value. Some skeptics suggest that these visualizations are “just nice to look at but not useful or helpful”.

Based on almost 15 years of experience in working with bibliometric visualizations, we have seen many examples of the successful use of these visualizations, but we have seen equally many examples of poor ways of using bibliometric visualizations, often leading to questionable conclusions.


Our VOSviewer software enables visualizations of bibliometric networks to be explored interactively. Nevertheless, VOSviewer visualizations often end up as static images in blog posts, research articles, policy reports, and PowerPoint presentations. In this way the visualizations lose a lot of their value, and in the end they may indeed be “just nice to look at but not useful or helpful”.

To address this problem, we have developed VOSviewer Online, a web-based version of VOSviewer released today. Using VOSviewer Online, visualizations of bibliometric networks can be explored interactively in a web browser. This makes it much easier to share interactive visualizations, and it reduces the need to show static images.

VOSviewer Online can also be used to embed interactive visualizations in a web page.

Learn More, Read the Complete Post, Part 1

Learn Even More in Part 2 of the Blog Post

Direct to VOSviewer Online

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.