The author describes in the article the use of social network analysis
(SNA) methods in the field of bibliometrics and webometrics. Although the beginnings
of the application of these methods in various fields took place several years
ago, their adoption in bibliometrics and webometrics still has not achieved popularity.
While in foreign publications attempts have been made to use SNA methods, e.g. for
the analysis of co-authorship networks, the results of Polish national bibliometric
studies boil down mainly to tabular forms.
The first part of the article briefly introduces the reader to the world of SNA
issues. Next, the author proposes possible interpretations of SNA measures in bibliometric
applications. The article concludes with an example of the practical application
of selected SNA measures used for data from the national bibliographic database,
CYTBIN. The proposed visualizations make it possible to discover relationships
in the data analysed which would be difficult, if not impossible, to be noticed in
a traditional tabular forms.