Science overlay maps: a new tool for research policy and library management

  title={Science overlay maps: a new tool for research policy and library management},
  author={Ismael Rafols and Alan L. Porter and Loet Leydesdorff},
We present a novel approach to visually locate bodies of research within the sciences, both at each moment of time and dynamically. This article describes how this approach fits with other efforts to locally and globally map scientific outputs. We then show how these science overlay maps help benchmark, explore collaborations, and track temporal changes, using examples of universities, corporations, funding agencies, and research topics. We address conditions of application, with their… CONTINUE READING
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