Bibliometric analysis of Traffic Medicine – related publications: 2008 – 2015

WALEED SWEILEH, SAMAH JABI, SAED ZYOUD, ansam sawalha

Abstract


Background: Approximately 1.25 million deaths annually due to road traffic accidents (RTA). Research has proven to improve traffic safety. Therefore, this study was carried out to analyze data in the field of traffic medicine to endorse and support the Decade of Action for Road Safety plan, and to enrich the literature in the field of RTA.

Method: Scopus database was used to retrieve relevant data, then it was refined to traffic medicine field. Bibliometric indicators were presented and data visualization was carried out using VOSviewer and ArcGIS10.1

Results: A total of 2029 traffic medicine–related publications were retrieved, with h-index of 46. The relative growth rate declined from 0.63 in 2008 to 0.18 in 2015 while doubling time increased from 1.1 in 2008 to 3.55 in 2015. In 2008, traffic medicine-related publications were approximately 70% of total publications on traffic accidents and dropped to approximately 67% in 2015. Retrieved documents had a total of 8,478 authors, from 101 different countries with the USA having the largest share (498; 25.54%). Sweden, the UK and Canada had the highest percentage of inter-country collaboration. The most active institution was the University of Toronto (36 documents). Accident Analysis and Prevention was the most preferred for publishing RTA documents. 

Conclusion: The study period was characterized by slow growth of traffic medicine – related publications, which may suggest relative lack of interest or funding. To reverse fatalities due to RTA and injuries, researchers need to be more involved in RTA research to present solutions for better safety.


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