Using VOSVIEWER: A tool for literature review analysis and bibliometrics

In conjunction with Prof Jan Kietzmann, University of Victoria, Canada, the BEST Centre is pleased to host this professional development seminar.  Presented by Andrew Park, a Phd student at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Workshop presentation – Andrew Park on VosViewer:

Workshop description:

Date: 9th September, 2020
Time: 8:00am – 9:30am (AEST)
Zoom Link:

Vosviewer is a new software tool that can be used to generate, visualize and analyze bibliometric networks. These networks include research authors, journals, institutions and individual publications. Through Vosviewer, these networks can be visualized at speeds and scales that are infeasible using manual methods or legacy software tools. Vosviewer also has text mining capabilities that can construct network maps of co-occurring keywords sourced from abstracts and bodies of research articles. In this workshop, we walk you through how to conduct a complete bibliometric analysis using Vosviewer. We then provide an example of how to use this analysis to write a bibliometric research article for journal submission.

Workshop outline below – please follow the instructions to download and install the software, and watch the quick YouTube video prior to the workshop.

Bio – Andrew Park:

Andrew Park founded and sold a successful software startup that grew to over 100 employees, with offices in British Columbia and Washington State. He then returned to academia at SFU Beedie where is a PhD candidate conducting research in innovation and entrepreneurship with a focus on healthcare and digital technology. He is currently investigating how Open Innovation mechanisms impact value creation of firms emerging in the intersection of software and biotechnology. He has been published in interdisciplinary journals such as Research-Technology Management, Business Horizons and the Journal of Medicine & Philosophy spanning the diverse fields of medicine, biotechnology, digital innovation and management. Andrew is also part of a national network of innovation scholars (4POINT0) evaluating innovation ecosystem models that accelerate the trajectory of Science & Technology innovations to foster strong economic development in Canada. Finally, he recently co-founded another software startup that aims to decentralize and improve access to personal health data. He holds a BSc. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and a Management of Technology MBA from Simon Fraser University.


Meeting URL:
Meeting ID:      939-0599-0891
Password:      976328

Suggested Preparation

Workshop Outline

  • What is Vosviewer?
    • Intro to bibliographic analyses
    • Examples of insights derived from Vosviewer
  • Why are journal editors interested in bibliographic analyses?
    • Longitudinal look at journal trends
    • Summary of academic discussions occurring in different domains of study and groups of journals
    • How does Vosviewer enable deeper insights compared to manual analyses?
  • How does Vosviewer work?
    • Data sources
    • Visualization
    • Output techniques and algorithms
  • Review sample paper published using Vosviewer
    • Martínez-López, F.J., Merigó, J.M., Valenzuela-Fernández, L., & Nicolás, C. (2018). Fifty years of the European Journal of Marketing: A bibliometric analysis. European Journal of Marketing, 52(1/2), 439-468.
  • Navigating Web of Science
    • Intro to Web of Science
      • Advantages and Disadvantages vs. Scopus
    • Constructing a Boolean search
    • Selecting the appropriate options
    • Downloading data
      • Complying with Vosviewer requirements
    • Analyzing data in Web of Science and post-download
  • Using Vosviewer
    • What are the different types of analyses available?
      • Co-citations
      • Co-authorship
      • Bibliometric coupling
    • Feeding data into Vosviewer
    • Selecting the appropriate options for your desired output
    • Setting reasonable limits to data output
    • Making sense of the raw data output
    • Making sense of the network diagrams and customizing them
  • Writing the paper
    • Discuss sample paper
      • Review different sections of sample paper
    • Collating data before writing
    • Writing the paper with efficiency, without being formulaic
    • Submission process
      • Potential reviewer pushback (e.g. including editorials)

Time Permitting

  • Create a full data set on your own using Web of Science and Vosviewer


Location: Virtual (via zoom):
Start Date: 09/09/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 8:00am (AEST)
End Time: 9:30am (AEST)
Organiser: BEST Centre (QUT), University of Victoria (Canada) & Simon Fraser University (Canada)