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The following 'Top Ten' lists show the reference followed by the number of times cited by recent (2006-9) journal articles* in parantheses. If you would like to see a full content and co-citation analysis of the IV field spanning the last 10 years then email me

Top Books in Information Visualization

1. Card, S., Mackinlay, J., & Shneiderman, B. (1999). Readings in Information Visualization: Using vision to think. London: Morgan Kaufmann. (44)
2. Ware, C. (2000/2004) Information Visualization: Perception for Design. (1st/2nd Edition) Morgan Kaufman (28)
3. Tufte, E.R. (1983/2001). The Visual Display of Quantitative Information (2nd ed.). Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press. (25)
4. Spence, R (2001) Information Visualisation. ACM Press. (19)
5. Thomas, J., & Cook, K. (2005). Illuminating the Path: The Research and Development Agenda for Visual Analytics: IEEE Press. (16)
6. Battista, G. D., Eades, P., Tamassia, R., & Tollis, I. G. (1999). Graph Drawing: Algorithms for the Visualization of Graphs: Prentice-Hall. (15)
7. Tufte, E.R. (1990). Envisioning Information. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press. (14)
8. Bertin, J. (1983). The semiology of graphics. Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press. (11)
9. Tufte, E.R. (1997). Visual Explanations: Images and Quantities, Evidence and Narrative. Cheshire, CT: Graphics Press (9)
10. Wasserman, S and Faust, K (1994) Social Network Analysis: Methods and Applications, Cambridge UP (7)
 

Top Journal Articles in Information Visualization

1. Herman, I., Melanšon, G., & Marshall, M. S. (2000). Graph Visualisation in Information Visualisation: a Survey. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 6(1), 24-44. (30)
2. Fruchterman, T., & Reingold, E. (1991). Graph drawing by force directed placement. Software Practice and Experience, 21, 1129-1164. (19)
3. Mackinlay, J. (1986). Automating the Design of Graphical Presentations of Relational Information. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 5(2), 110-141. (19)
4. Shneiderman, B. (1992). Tree visualization with tree-maps: 2-d space-filling approach. ACM Transactions on Graphics, 11(1), 92-99. (17)
5. Kamada, T., & Kawai, S. (1989). An algorithm for drawing general undirected graphs. Information Processing Letters, 31(1), 7-15. (17)
6. Keim, D. A. (2002). Information visualization and visual data mining. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 8(1), 1-8 (13)
7. Eades, P. (1984). A heuristic for graph drawing. Congressus Numernatium, 42, 149-160. (13)
8. Chen,C. & Czerwinski, M. (2000) Empirical evaluation of information visualizations: an introduction. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 53(5), 631-635 (11)
9. Inselberg, A. (1985). The plane with parallel coordinate. Visual Computer, 1, 69-91. (11)
10. Leung, Y. K., & Apperley, M. D. (1994). A review and taxonomy of distortion-oriented presentation techniques. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 1(2), 126-160. (9)
11. Cleveland, W. and McGill, R (1984) Graphical perception: theory, experimentation, and application to the development of graphical methods, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Vol. 79(387), 531-554. (9)
 

Top Conference Papers in Information Visualization

1. Shneiderman, B. (1996). The Eyes Have It: A Task by Data Type Taxonomy for Information Visualizations. Paper presented at IEEE Conference on Visual Languages, Boulder, CO. (24)
2. Plaisant, C. (2004). The challenge of information visualization evaluation. Paper presented at the Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces (AVI 2004). (15)
3. Heer, J., Card, S., & Landay, J. (2005). Prefuse: a toolkit for interactive information visualization. Paper presented at the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (CHI 05), Portland, OR. (14)
4. Furnas, G. (1986). Generalized fisheye views. Paper presented at the Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI '86, Boston. (12)
5. Baldonado, M. Q. W.; Woodruff, A.; Kuchinsky, A. Guidelines for using multiple views in information visualization. Proceedings of Advanced Visual Interfaces Conference (AVI 2000); 2000 May 23-26; Palermo, Italy. NY: ACM; 2000; 110-119. (11)
6. Fekete, J. D. (2004). The InfoVis Toolkit. Paper presented at the INFOVIS 2004. IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization, 2004. (11)
7. Ahlberg, C. & Shneiderman, B. (1994) Visual Information Seeking: Tight Coupling of Dynamic Query Filters with Starfield Displays. ACM CHI 94 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 24-28, 1994, Boston, Massachusetts. pp. 313-317. (11)
8. Johnson, B., & Shneiderman, B. (1991). Treemaps: a space-filling approach to the visualization of hierarchical information structures. Paper presented at the 2nd International IEEE Visualization Conference, San Diego. (10)
9. Mackinlay, J., Robertson, G., & Card, S. (1991). The Perspective Wall: Detail and Context smoothly integrated. Paper presented at the CHI '91: Human factors in computing systems conference proceedings on Reaching through technology, New Orleans, LA. (8)
10. Bruls, M., Huizing, K., & Wijk, J. J. V. (2000). Squarified Treemaps. Paper presented at the Joint Eurographics and IEEE TCVG Symposium on Visualization. (8)
 

* Based on citations made by papers retrieved from ISI WOK that were published in the period 2006-9 and contained the phrases "information visualization" or "information visualisation"