Automatically Generating Citation Graphs (and Variants) for Systematic Reviews.

Sven Groppe, Lina Hartung


Citation graphs visualize citation relationships of publications. Hence citation graphs enable in-depth analysis about the impact of publications to research areas, such that citation graphs have great benefits for systematic reviews about a special field of research. In this contribution, we introduce a tool for automatically generating citation graphs from a set of paper documents, which runs stand-alone or integrated in a systematic reviews application. As systematic reviews often include many papers, we also propose several strategies to reduce the complexity of citation graphs and add additional information for in-depth analysis of the impact of single publications. In addition to citation graphs our tool also visualizes the publication selection process of systematic reviews. The generated graphs and developed strategies are evaluated using different instruments, including an user
survey, in which they are rated positively.
Original languageEnglish
JournalOpen J. Inf. Syst.
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)1-25
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Intelligent Systems
  • Centers: Center for Artificial Intelligence Luebeck (ZKIL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 409-04 Operating, Communication, Database and Distributed Systems

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