Trends and Evolution of Road User behaviour Research: A Bibliometric Review

Fadzli Shah Abd Aziz, Khairul Hafezad Abdullah, Siti Hawa Harith, Davi Sofyan


Every single person is entitled to equal space on the roads or sidewalks, so they rely on each other’s empathy and compassion and not be self-centered. Therefore, it is essential to promote the ethics of road safety and road users’ exemplary behavior upmost. This review analyzed the publication trends and thematic evolution of road user behaviour over 47 years from 1973 to 2020. The assessment uses the Scopus database and various bibliometric indicators, such as output growth trends, eminent countries, research hotspots, and author keywords. Also, this study presented a graphical visualization of bibliometric indicators using a VOSviewer. Another bibliometric software tool, known as SciMAT, was used to inspect road user behaviour research’s thematic evolution. The verdicts revealed that the number of publications increased exponentially, starting in 2005 with a hike in publications in 2020. Road user behaviour researches were diverse by examining the various research hotspots. This review also focuses on several themes and dimensions of road user behaviour research. The essential motor theme during the first period (2005-2012) was “schools”. Other motor themes, such as “cross-sectional studies,” “car”, and “space-temporal-analysis”, became the most significant number of publications in the second period (2013-2020). These four themes may be beneficial as a benchmark for researchers focusing on the art of road user behaviour. This bibliometric study provides a comprehensive and in-depth view of road users’ behaviour that may help future researchers advance potential knowledge in this field.   


Road Safety Ethics; Road User Behaviour; Publication Trends; Thematic Evolution; Scopus Database

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