thematicMap {bibliometrix}R Documentation

Create a thematic map


It creates a thematic map based on co-word network analysis and clustering. The methodology is inspired by the proposal of Cobo et al. (2011).


  field = "ID",
  n = 250,
  minfreq = 5,
  ngrams = 1,
  stemming = FALSE,
  size = 0.5,
  n.labels = 1,
  community.repulsion = 0.1,
  repel = TRUE,
  remove.terms = NULL,
  synonyms = NULL,
  cluster = "walktrap",
  subgraphs = FALSE



is a bibliographic dataframe.


is the textual attribute used to build up the thematic map. It can be field = c("ID","DE", "TI", "AB"). biblioNetwork or cocMatrix.


is an integer. It indicates the number of terms to include in the analysis.


is a integer. It indicates the minimum frequency (per thousand) of a cluster. It is a number in the range (0,1000).


is an integer between 1 and 4. It indicates the type of n-gram to extract from texts. An n-gram is a contiguous sequence of n terms. The function can extract n-grams composed by 1, 2, 3 or 4 terms. Default value is ngrams=1.


is logical. If it is TRUE the word (from titles or abstracts) will be stemmed (using the Porter's algorithm).


is numerical. It indicates del size of the cluster circles and is a number in the range (0.01,1).


is integer. It indicates how many labels associate to each cluster. Default is n.labels = 1.


is a real. It indicates the repulsion force among network communities. It is a real number between 0 and 1. Default is community.repulsion = 0.1.


is logical. If it is TRUE ggplot uses geom_label_repel instead of geom_label.


is a character vector. It contains a list of additional terms to delete from the documents before term extraction. The default is remove.terms = NULL.


is a character vector. Each element contains a list of synonyms, separated by ";", that will be merged into a single term (the first word contained in the vector element). The default is synonyms = NULL.


is a character. It indicates the type of cluster to perform among ("optimal", "louvain","leiden", "infomap","edge_betweenness","walktrap", "spinglass", "leading_eigen", "fast_greedy").


is a logical. If TRUE cluster subgraphs are returned.


thematicMap starts from a co-occurrence keyword network to plot in a two-dimesional map the typological themes of a domain.

Cobo, M. J., Lopez-Herrera, A. G., Herrera-Viedma, E., & Herrera, F. (2011). An approach for detecting, quantifying, and visualizing the evolution of a research field: A practical application to the fuzzy sets theory field. Journal of Informetrics, 5(1), 146-166.


a list containing:

map The thematic map as ggplot2 object
clusters Centrality and Density values for each cluster.
words A list of words following in each cluster
nclust The number of clusters
net A list containing the network output (as provided from the networkPlot function)

See Also

biblioNetwork function to compute a bibliographic network.

cocMatrix to compute a bibliographic bipartite network.

networkPlot to plot a bibliographic network.


## Not run: 
data(scientometrics, package = "bibliometrixData")
res <- thematicMap(scientometrics, field = "ID", n = 250, minfreq = 5, size = 0.5, repel = TRUE)

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[Package bibliometrix version 4.1.3 Index]