Mapping Scientific Frontiers

The Quest for Knowledge Visualization

  • Chaomei Chen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvii
  2. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 1-46
  3. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 47-84
  4. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 85-141
  5. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 143-161
  6. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 201-225
  7. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 227-257
  8. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 259-320
  9. Chaomei Chen
    Pages 321-339
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 341-344

About this book


This is an examination of the history and the state of the art of the quest for visualizing scientific knowledge and the dynamics of its development. Through an interdisciplinary perspective this book presents profound visions, pivotal advances, and insightful contributions made by generations of researchers and professionals, which portrays a holistic view of the underlying principles and mechanisms of the development of science.
This updated and extended second edition:

  • highlights the latest advances in mapping scientific frontiers
  • examines the foundations of strategies, principles, and design patterns
  • provides an integrated and holistic account of major developments across disciplinary boundaries

“Anyone who tries to follow the exponential growth of the literature on citation analysis and scientometrics knows how difficult it is to keep pace. Chaomei Chen has identified the significant methods and applications in visual graphics and made them clear to the uninitiated. Derek Price would have loved this book which not only pays homage to him but also to the key players in information science and a wide variety of others in the sociology and history of science.”

– Eugene Garfield

“This is a wide ranging book on information visualization, with a specific focus on science mapping. Science mapping is still in its infancy and many intellectual challenges remain to be investigated and many of which are outlined in the final chapter. In this new edition Chaomei Chen has provided an essential text, useful both as a primer for new entrants and as a comprehensive overview of recent developments for the seasoned practitioner.”

– Henry Small

Chaomei Chen is a Professor in the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA, and a ChangJiang Scholar at Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, China. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Information Visualization and the author of Turning Points: The Nature of Creativity (Springer, 2012) and Information Visualization: Beyond the Horizon (Springer, 2004, 2006).


Citation Analysis Co-citation Network Analysis Domain Analysis History and Philosophy of Science Information Visualization Invisible Colleges Mapping Science Scientific Paradigms Visual Analytics Visualizing Science

Authors and affiliations

  • Chaomei Chen
    • 1
  1. 1.Drexel University College of Information Science and TechnPhiladelphiaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag London 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, London
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4471-5127-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4471-5128-9
  • Buy this book on publisher's site