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Version 3. F1000Res. 2015 Aug 5 [revised 2015 Dec 23];4:481. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6804.3. eCollection 2015.

Social Network: a Cytoscape app for visualizing co-authorship networks.

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The Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8, Canada.
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8, Canada.


Networks that represent connections between individuals can be valuable analytic tools. The Social Network Cytoscape app is capable of creating a visual summary of connected individuals automatically. It does this by representing relationships as networks where each node denotes an individual and an edge linking two individuals represents a connection. The app focuses on creating visual summaries of individuals connected by co-authorship links in academia, created from bibliographic databases like PubMed, Scopus and InCites. The resulting co-authorship networks can be visualized and analyzed to better understand collaborative research networks or to communicate the extent of collaboration and publication productivity among a group of researchers, like in a grant application or departmental review report. It can also be useful as a research tool to identify important research topics, researchers and papers in a subject area.


co-publication networks; collaborative networks; data visualization; social network analysis

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