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## bibliometrix  3.0.5




Citation for package ‘bibliometrix’

To cite bibliometrix in publications, please use:

Aria, M. & Cuccurullo, C. (2017) bibliometrix: An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis, Journal of Informetrics, 11(4), pp 959-975, Elsevier.



A BibTeX entry for LaTeX users is


author = {Massimo Aria and Corrado Cuccurullo},

title = {bibliometrix: An R-tool for comprehensive science mapping analysis},

journal = {Journal of Informetrics},

volume = {11},

number = {4},

pages = {959-975},

publisher = {Elsevier},

year = {2017},

url = {},








Authors’ affiliations

Dr. Massimo Aria

Full Professor in Social Statistics

PhD in Computational Statistics

Laboratory and Research Group STAD Statistics, Technology, Data Analysis

Department of Economics and Statistics

University of Naples Federico II





Dr. Corrado Cuccurullo

Full Professor in Strategy and Corporate Governance

PhD in Management

Dep.t of Management and Economics

University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli









bibliometrix package provides a set of tools for quantitative research in bibliometrics and scientometrics.

Bibliometrics turns the main tool of science, quantitative analysis, on itself. Essentially, bibliometrics is the application of quantitative analysis and statistics to publications such as journal articles and their accompanying citation counts. Quantitative evaluation of publication and citation data is now used in almost all scientific fields to evaluate growth, maturity, leading authors, conceptual and intellectual maps, trends of a scientific community.

Bibliometrics is also used in research performance evaluation, especially in university and government labs, and also by policymakers, research directors and administrators, information specialists and librarians, and scholars themselves.

bibliometrix supports scholars in three key phases of analysis:

Bibliographic databases

bibliometrix works with data extracted from the four main bibliographic databases: SCOPUS, Clarivate Analytics Web of Science, Digital Science Dimensions, The Lens, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), and RISmed PubMed/MedLine.

SCOPUS (, founded in 2004, offers a great deal of flexibility for the bibliometric user. It permits to query for different fields, such as titles, abstracts, keywords, references and so on. SCOPUS allows for relatively easy downloading data-queries, although there are some limits on very large results sets with over 2,000 items.

Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (WoS) (, owned by Clarivate Analytics, was founded by Eugene Garfield, one of the pioneers of bibliometrics.
This platform includes many different collections.

Digital Science Dimensions ( is s comprehensive database by Digital Science that doesn’t impose limitations on users. Dimensions is the only database that links publications and citations with grants, patents, clinical trials, datasets, and policy papers to deliver a more holistic view of the research landscape.

The Lens (, the flagship project of the social enterprise Cambia, seeks to source, merge and link diverse open knowledge sets, including scholarly works and patents, to inform discovery, analysis, decision making and partnering on a human-centered user experience built on an open web platform,, with toolkits designed to optimize institutional effectiveness in problem solving.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews ( is the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. The CDSR includes Cochrane Reviews (the systematic reviews) and protocols for Cochrane Reviews as well as editorials. The CDSR also has occasional supplements. The CDSR is updated regularly as Cochrane Reviews are published “when ready” and form monthly issues; see publication schedule.

PubMed comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.

Data acquisition

Bibliographic data may be obtained by querying the SCOPUS or Clarivate Analytics Web of Science (WoS) database by diverse fields, such as topic, author, journal, timespan, and so on.

In this example, we show how to download data, querying a term in the manuscript title field.

We choose the generic term “bibliometrics”.

Querying from Clarivate Analytics WoS

At the link, select Web of Science Core Collection database.

Write the keyword “bibliometrics” in the search field and select title from the drop-down menu (see figure 1).