Centre for Science and Technology Studies Centre for Science and Technology Studies 2333AL Leiden Zuid Holland 31715273909

Visualizing Science Using VOSviewer

VOSviewer, developed at Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies, is a highly popular software tool for mapping and visualizing science. The course Visualizing Science Using VOSviewer offers an in-depth introduction into VOSviewer. The course is organized once per year. The next edition will take place in April 2020.


The aim of this course is to give the participants a thorough introduction into science mapping, with a special emphasis on the VOSviewer software developed at Leiden University’s Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS). Participants are introduced into the main techniques for visualizing science. Special attention is paid to applications in a research evaluation and research management context. The small group (max. 16 participants) allows participants to practice extensively with the VOSviewer software and to explore the functionality of the software in full detail. The course has an interactive format in which there is a lot of room for discussion and exchanging ideas.


The lecturers of the course are Ludo Waltman and Nees Jan van Eck. The lecturers are prominent researchers in the field of scientometrics. Their work on science mapping is widely recognized. They are the developers of the well-known VOSviewer and CitNetExplorer software tools. The lecturers also have an extensive experience with the application of science mapping in a research evaluation and research management context.


The course is targeted at participants with a professional interest in bibliometrics and visualization of science. The course is most beneficial for participants that already have some basic knowledge on bibliometrics. In order to have optimal possibilities for interaction with the lecturers, the number of participants in the course is limited to 16. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with them.


The course will take place in the Willem Einthoven Building of Leiden University in the Netherlands.


The course takes two days. The next edition of the course will take place on April 2 and 3, 2020.

Course program

The provisional course program is provided below.

Day 1

09.00-09.30 Welcome, coffee/tea
09.30-11.00 Introduction
11.00-12.00 Data collection
12.00-12.30 Co-authorship maps
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.00 Co-authorship maps
15.00-17.30 Citation-based maps
18.30 Course dinner


Day 2

09.00-12.30 Term maps
12.30-13.30 Lunch break
13.30-15.00 Alternative data sources
15.00-16.30 Advanced topics
16.30-17.00 Wrap up of the course


Course fee

The course fee is € 1350. This includes tuition, course material, coffee breaks, lunch, and dinner. A reduced course fee of € 600 applies for PhD candidates. Participants that also register for the course Responsible Metrics for Research Evaluation (March 30-April 1) will get a 10% discount on the fee of both courses.


This course is fully booked.


Please contact Suze van der Luijt at luijt@cwts.leidenuniv.nl if you have any questions about the course.

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