I'm searching a tool to visualize connections between bibtex entries, for example same autor, references, same conference etc. The Visual Explorer from Microsoft has this feature, but I want to create those visualizations for my bibliography :-) I can use tags and "intelligent folders" in my management software of course but I prefer a graph visualization.

  • The Visual Explorer you linked looks a little bit like the citation map on webofknowledge.com (but nicer) – matth Feb 1 '12 at 14:43
  • have you looked at the 'Computational Complexity' images on pp73-75 of the tikz manual? – cmhughes Feb 28 '12 at 2:59
  • @cmhughes thank you, I will give it a try... – strauberry Feb 28 '12 at 12:46
  • Where did you want this visualization to output to? Anywhere? Perhaps processing.js could be used for this. – MercurialMadnessMan Mar 2 '12 at 20:15

It looks like a tool that analyzes a given .bib file and visualizes relations between entries like same author or same conference does not yet exist. I could find neither a webservice nor a tool for installation that would do this.

  • Thank you for your answer! I feared someone would say that :-) Would such a tool be interesting for you too? – strauberry Mar 2 '12 at 11:31
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    Yes, that would be interesting for me as well and probably for some more persons. – matth Mar 2 '12 at 11:59
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    In JabRef, we started to work on it: github.com/JabRef/jabref/pull/2041. For very old versions of JabRef, there is the PRRV plugin. – koppor Apr 18 '17 at 8:05

This is possible with the following two tools:

First, import your .bib file into NWB, then extract the authors, pubs, or whatever through the Scientometrics menu. Finally, right-click on the graph this creates and export it as GraphML.

Now open Gephi and import the GraphML file you just created. With Gephi, you can visualize the interrelationships between authors and citations.

  • Both of these are really powerful tools with lots of options, but there is documentation that will probably help with whatever specific scenario you have in mind. For example, take a look at nwb.slis.indiana.edu/community/?n=LoadData.BIB to read more about what NWB can do with BibTeX information. – Ian Dennis Miller Sep 15 '12 at 22:44
  • @Could you please tell how to convert *.bib files into *.nwb – user2536125 Dec 9 '13 at 15:43
  • NWB will import the .bib file natively, through its bibliometrics interface. After you have loaded the .bib file, you can use the NWB's regular save/export features to save in any format supported by NWB. – Ian Dennis Miller May 24 '14 at 15:58

Although I have not used this feature myself, the newest version of biber outputs "to GraphViz instead of .bbl in order to help visualise complex bibliographies with many crossrefs etc."

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    Not really a solution, but at least it something interesting I did not know before. – matth Mar 3 '12 at 12:24

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