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NEWS: The SciMAT associated article has been accepted in the Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Please, if you use SciMAT, cite it as: M.J. Cobo, A.G. López-Herrera, E. Herrera-Viedma and F. Herrera, SciMAT: A new Science Mapping Analysis Software Tool. Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63:8 (2012) 1609-1630 doi: 10.1002/asi.22688pdf icon.

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SciMAT is an open source (GPLv3) software tool developed to perform a science mapping analysis under a longitudinal framework. SciMAT provides different modules that help the analyst to carry out the steps of the science mapping workflow:

  1. A module dedicated to the management of the knowledge base and its entities,
  2. A module responsible for carrying out the science mapping analysis, and
  3. A module to visualize the generated results and maps.

The principal characteristics of SciMAT are:

  • Loaders: ISI Web of Knowledge format and RIS format.
  • Bibliometric networks: co-word, author co-citation, journal co-citation, author co-citation, bibliographic coupling, journal bibliographic coupling and author bibliographic coupling.
  • Preprocessing: de-duplicating (manual, by plural or by Levenshtein distance, or importing from a XML file), time-slicing, data reduction and network reduction.
  • Normalization: Association Strength, Equivalence Index, Inclusion Index, Jaccard’s Index and Salton’s Cosine.
  • Mapping (through clustering): Simple Centers Algorithm, Single-linkage, Complete-linkage, Average-linkage and Sum-linkage clustering algorithms.
  • Analysis: network analysis (Callon's density and centrality), performance and quality analysis (sum, minimum, maximum and average citations, and complex measures such as the h-index, g-index, hg-index or q2-index), and temporal analysis.
  • Visualization: strategic diagram, cluster network, overlapping map, evolution map.
  • Report: in HTML and LaTeX format.

SciMAT has been supported by the following projects:

  • Project of Spanish Ministry of Education and Science TIN2010-17876, "El modelado linguistico difuso de preferencias: aplicaciones en sistemas de acceso a la informacion y de toma de decisiones en grupo".
  • Research Project of the Spanish Ministry of Development (I+D TRANSPORTES-2008 - FOM. 2009/91), "Estudio sobre la evolución del investigaciones de transporte aéreo: Identificación de frentes de trabajo".
  • Research Project of the Euro-Arab Foundation for Higher Studies (December 2008 - December 2012), "Un sistema de información para la gestión de la información sobre la investigación con y sobre el mundo árabe". IP: E. Herrera-Viedma