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Citation Analysis: Journals Citing a Research Organization

This notebook shows how to use the Dimensions Analytics API to discover what academic journals are most frequenlty citing publications from authors affiliation to a selected research organization. These are the steps:

  • We start from a GRID identifier (representing a research organization in Dimensions)

  • We then select all publications citing research where at least one author is/as affiliated to the GRID organization

  • Finally, we group this publications by source (journal) and analyse the findings

1. Prerequisites

This notebook assumes you have installed the Dimcli library and are familiar with the Getting Started tutorial.

!pip install dimcli plotly tqdm -U --quiet

import dimcli
from dimcli.shortcuts import *
import sys, json, time, os
from tqdm.notebook import tqdm
import pandas as pd
import plotly.express as px
if not 'google.colab' in sys.modules:
  # make js dependecies local / needed by html exports
  from plotly.offline import init_notebook_mode

print("==\nLogging in..")
# https://github.com/digital-science/dimcli#authentication
ENDPOINT = "https://app.dimensions.ai"
if 'google.colab' in sys.modules:
  import getpass
  USERNAME = getpass.getpass(prompt='Username: ')
  PASSWORD = getpass.getpass(prompt='Password: ')
dsl = dimcli.Dsl()
Logging in..
Dimcli - Dimensions API Client (v0.7.4.2)
Connected to: https://app.dimensions.ai - DSL v1.27
Method: dsl.ini file

A couple of utilities to simplify exporting the results we find as CSV files:

# data-saving utils
DATAFOLDER = "extraction1"

if not os.path.exists(DATAFOLDER):
  !mkdir $DATAFOLDER
  print(f"==\nCreated data folder:", DATAFOLDER + "/")
def save_as_csv(df, save_name_without_extension):
    "usage: `save_as_csv(dataframe, 'filename')`"
    df.to_csv(f"{DATAFOLDER}/{save_name_without_extension}.csv", index=False)
    print("===\nSaved: ", f"{DATAFOLDER}/{save_name_without_extension}.csv")

2. Choose a Research Organization

For the purpose of this exercise, we will are going to use grid.471244.0. Feel free though to change the parameters below as you want, eg by choosing another GRID organization.

GRIDID = "grid.414299.3" #@param {type:"string"}

#@markdown The start/end year of publications used to extract patents
YEAR_START = 2000 #@param {type: "slider", min: 1950, max: 2020}
YEAR_END = 2016 #@param {type: "slider", min: 1950, max: 2020}


# gen link to Dimensions
def dimensions_url(grids):
    root = "https://app.dimensions.ai/discover/publication?or_facet_research_org="
    return root + "&or_facet_research_org=".join([x for x in grids])

from IPython.core.display import display, HTML
display(HTML('---<br /><a href="{}">Preview {} Dimensions &#x29c9;</a>'.format(dimensions_url([GRIDID]), GRIDID)))

3. Building a Publications Baseset

First we extract all publications where at least one of the authors is affiliated to GRID_ORG.

This will then let us query for citing publications using the reference_ids field (see the Dimensions API data model for more details).

publications = dsl.query_iterative(f"""
search publications
    where research_orgs.id = "{GRIDID}"
    and year in [{YEAR_START}:{YEAR_END}]
    return publications[id+title+doi+year]

# save the data
pubs_cited = publications.as_dataframe()
save_as_csv(pubs_cited, f"pubs_{GRIDID}")
Starting iteration with limit=1000 skip=0 ...
0-1000 / 2599 (1.54s)
1000-2000 / 2599 (1.38s)
2000-2599 / 2599 (0.79s)
Records extracted: 2599
Saved:  extraction1/pubs_grid.414299.3.csv

4. Extracting Publications Citing the Baseset

In the next step we extract all publications citing the publications previously extracted. This query will return JSON data which can be further analyzed e.g. to count the unique number of journals they were published in.


'publications': [
  {'journal': {'id': 'jour.1295784',
    'title': 'IEEE Transactions on Cognitive and Developmental Systems'},
   'publisher': 'Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)',
   'year': 2018,
   'id': 'pub.1061542201',
   'issn': ['2379-8920', '2379-8939']},
  {'journal': {'id': 'jour.1043581', 'title': 'International Geology Review'},
   'publisher': 'Taylor & Francis',
   'year': 2018,
   'id': 'pub.1087302818',
   'issn': ['0020-6814', '1938-2839']}, etc..

This is the query template we use.

query_template = """search publications
                    where journal is not empty
                    and reference_ids in {}
                    return publications[id+journal+issn+year+publisher]"""

Note the {} part which is where we will put lists of publication IDs (from the previous extraction) during each iteration. This is to ensure our query is never too long (<400 IDs is a good way to ensure we never get an API error).

pubids = list(pubs_cited['id'])

# loop through all source-publications IDs in chunks and query Dimensions

print("===\nExtracting publications data ...")
results = []
VERBOSE = False # set to True to see extraction logs

for chunk in tqdm(list(chunks_of(pubids, BATCHSIZE))):
    query = query_template.format(json.dumps(chunk))
    data = dsl.query_iterative(query, verbose=VERBOSE)
    results += data.publications

# put the citing pub data into a dataframe, remove duplicates and save

pubs_citing = pd.DataFrame().from_dict(results)
print("===\nCiting Publications found: ", len(pubs_citing))
pubs_citing.drop_duplicates(subset='id', inplace=True)
print("Unique Citing Publications found: ", len(pubs_citing))

# split up nested journal columns into two columns
journals = pubs_citing['journal'].apply(pd.Series).rename(columns={"id": "journal.id", "title": "journal.title"})
pubs_citing = pd.concat([pubs_citing.drop(['journal'], axis=1), journals], axis=1)

# save
save_as_csv(pubs_citing, f"pubs_citing_{GRIDID}")

# preview the data
Extracting publications data ...

Citing Publications found:  54720
Unique Citing Publications found:  48870
Saved:  extraction1/pubs_citing_grid.414299.3.csv
publisher id year issn journal.id journal.title
0 Springer Nature pub.1128273885 2020 [2110-5820] jour.1045300 Annals of Intensive Care
1 Springer Nature pub.1125709501 2020 [2045-2322] jour.1045337 Scientific Reports
2 Springer Nature pub.1127166857 2020 [1865-1372, 1865-1380] jour.1039797 International Journal of Emergency Medicine
3 Springer Nature pub.1125396738 2020 [2056-676X] jour.1052790 Nature Reviews Disease Primers
4 Springer Nature pub.1123845288 2020 [1471-2407] jour.1024632 BMC Cancer
5 Springer Nature pub.1126058116 2020 [2056-676X] jour.1052790 Nature Reviews Disease Primers
6 Springer Nature pub.1125037720 2020 [2041-1723] jour.1043282 Nature Communications
7 Springer Nature pub.1130003164 2020 [1757-2215] jour.1040071 Journal of Ovarian Research
8 Springer Nature pub.1129662037 2020 [1749-8090] jour.1036453 Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
9 Springer Nature pub.1129358017 2020 [1748-717X] jour.1036451 Radiation Oncology

5. Journal Analysis

Finally, we can analyze the citing publications by grouping them by source journal. This can be achieved easily thanks to pandas’ Dataframe methods.

pandas is a popular Python software library for data manipulation and analysis

Number of Unique journals

count            48870
unique            6535
top       jour.1037553
freq               642
Name: journal.id, dtype: object

Most frequent journals

# count journals and rename columns
journals = pubs_citing['journal.title'].value_counts()
journals = journals.to_frame().reset_index().rename(columns= {"index": 'journal.title', 'journal.title': 'count'})
journals.index.name = 'index'

# save
save_as_csv(journals, f"top_journals_citing_{GRIDID}")

Saved:  extraction1/top_journals_citing_grid.414299.3.csv
journal.title count
0 PLoS ONE 642
1 Inflammatory Bowel Diseases 314
2 World Journal of Gastroenterology 304
3 bioRxiv 221
4 International Journal of Cardiology 214
... ... ...
95 Emergency Medicine Australasia 63
96 Academic Emergency Medicine 62
97 Nature Genetics 62
98 BMJ Case Reports 62
99 Research Square 62

100 rows × 2 columns

Top 100 journals chart

       x="journal.title", y="count",
       title=f"Top 100 journals citing publications from {GRIDID}")

Top 20 journals by year chart


THRESHOLD = 20  #@param {type: "slider", min: 10, max: 100}

# suppress empty values
pubs_citing.fillna("-no value-", inplace=True)

# make publications list smaller by only showing top journals
pubs_citing_topjournals = pubs_citing[pubs_citing['journal.title'].isin(list(journals[:THRESHOLD]['journal.title']))].sort_values('journal.title')

# build histogram
             title=f"Top {THRESHOLD} journals citing publications from {GRIDID} - by year")


The Dimensions Analytics API allows to carry out sophisticated research data analytics tasks like the ones described on this website. Check out also the associated Github repository for examples, the source code of these tutorials and much more.