Connected Papers “is a unique, visual tool to help researchers and applied scientists find and explore papers relevant to their field of work”.You enter the name of the ‘origin’ paper and it creates a graph, after analyzing tens of thousands of papers, which features a few dozen papers with the strongest connections to the origin paper.

It’s not a citation tree, but a similarity tree. The underlying philosophy is: “two papers that have highly overlapping citations and references are presumed to have a higher chance of treating a related subject matter”.

Connected Papers


The Connected Papers algorithm scans the Semantic Scholar Paper Corpus database which covers hundreds of millions of publications across many scientific fields. This research tool is free and a great starting point for a literature review exercise.

Entrepreneurship Research Papers

For students and scholars of entrepreneurship, below is what the tree looks when created for the seminal paper:

Shane, S., & Venkataraman, S. (2000). The Promise of Entrepreneurship as a Field of Research. The Academy of Management Review, 25(1), 217-226.

Connected Papers Entrepreneurship Research

Users of Connected Research can scan prior works and derivative works separately. As for the search string, it can be any one of the following:

  • Paper Title
  • Paper DOI
  • arXiv URL
  • Semantic Scholar URL
  • PubMed URL