The history of road safety research: A quantitative approach

M.P. Hagenzieker, J.J.F. Commandeur, F.D. Bijleveld

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In this paper we provide a global description in quantitative terms, of the developments in road safety research from the early 1900's until 2010. To this end, electronic databases have been searched and papers matching search criteria were selected for analysis. Word and co-word frequencies of key-words in all the titles and abstracts of these publications were collected and analysed. In this study, we explored the possibility to identify historical trends in road safety research topics. Furthermore we explored whether the important paradigms concerning the history of road safety research as presented in the literature can be confirmed on quantitative grounds. It is concluded that the first results are promising: varying trends over time could be identified in the selected topics, which are generally in line with the different road safety paradigms. Finally, a number of limitations of the present study are listed, including the incompleteness of the currently used dataset. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)150-162
JournalTransportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour
Issue numberB
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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