New ways to look at academic publications

The Citeology project offers a new, visual, way to look at connections between articles.    The current project is limited to papers from Computer Human Interaction conferences.

What underlies the network of citations for each individual paper is itself a visual representation of articles. One axis is time (1982 to 2010) and it’s interesting to see the peaks and dips in the volume of papers. Volume went up and down through the 90s and actually seemed to maintain a slide down from 97-98 to 2002. After that, the volume of articles went steadily upward.

In order to make the images maneagable, the most-cited articles run down the center of the images. I wonder what the patterns would look like if the y-axis was based on citation frequency high to low (or low to high)?

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