Visualizing the International Relations Literature

Daniel Maliniak - University of California, San Diego

Ryan M. Powers - University of Wisconsin, Madison

Here we present the citation network formed by the International Relations (IR) literature. We include all articles published between 1980-2006 and published in the top 12 peer-reviewed IR journals.* Each node in the network represents an article.

Larger nodes represent articles that are more "central" (higher authority scores). Nodes are colored by their publication date. Bluer nodes are older. Redder nodes are newer. For the sake of clarity, we only display those articles cited at least 5 times. Co-authored pieces are identified only by first authors. Citation data are from the Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge. Publication data are from the Teaching, Research, and International Policy (TRIP) Project at the College of William and Mary.

This research was presented at the 2011 ISA Annual Convention in Montreal, Canada. We especially thank the TRIP data workshop participants for their useful comments and suggestions.

We are currently expanding our dataset to cover a wider set of IR/Political Science journals. The network graph below remains a draft.

Directions: Double-click to zoom. Click and drag to pan.

* These journals include American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, British Journal of Political Science, European Journal of International Relations, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Politics, International Organization, International Security, International Studies Quarterly, Security Studies, World Politics. These journals were selected by the TRIP project in 2003 on the basis of their Garand and Giles impact ratings.