It’s been a few months since I last posted in this blog. As I am doing my PhD, I have been quite busy learning two things. First, since my background is chemistry, specifically crystal engineering, I have been busy transitioning towards the social sciences. There’s quite a lot of material I had to cover to be able to keep with the latest areas in Business and Innovation studies. Second, having no programming background before, I had to spend some time learning the basics. I am happy with my progress in data science with languages such as Python, R, SQL and other tools like Tableau. I will cover the pros and cons of learning programming as a social scientist and how to actually learn them efficiently in another post.
For now, I just want to share a Python code I made to convert Web of Knowledge text files to a Dataframe / CSV . This is useful if you want to check each publication manually with Excel before analysis in another bibliometric software such as VosViewer and CitNetExplorer. I also provided a code to convert these back to the original Web of Knowledge format.
Update: This post is outdated. When I was starting with bibliometrics, I did not realize that you can download a CSV file directly from the Web of Science and this file can be fed directly to VosViewer and CitNetExplorer. Nonetheless, looking back, my lack of knowledge about this feature turned out to be a good thing as it pushed me to start learning seriously to program in Python.