Humans have been said to be visually orientated creatures. But, looking at row after row of numbers can make your head spin and make it impossible to make meaning of statistics.
Research analyst Olivier Beauchesne at Science-Metrix found a rather stunning and beautiful way around that, when trying to describe the way scientist collaborate on articles.
He produced a series of maps, each based bibliometric data from 2005 – 2009, that visualise the collaborations and makes sense of an enormous amount of data. The data does not cover all journals, but gives an indication of how scientists collaborate on articles.
You can see a number of high-resolution images of the results and learn more about the process by visiting his website here.
And here is a link to a zoomable version of the world map.