A Scientometric Analysis of Public Transport Research

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Journal Article

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literature review


public transport, scientometric analysis, literature, research impact


Public transport research involves a lot of disciplinary and interdisciplinary research applying methods, techniques, and technologies to investigate, regulate, and advance public transport. The importance of research in this area has led to a huge amount of publications in recent years. In this study, we conducted a comprehensive scientometric analysis of related literature published in 2009–2013 to empirically explore the consistence, focus areas, and key contributors of public transport research from a meta-perspective, providing novel insights into publication patterns, major topics, research impact, and productivity by focusing on short-term developments. As such, the results of this study provide a novel perspective on public transport research and may help achieving an overview on important characteristics.


Permission to publish the abstract has been given by National Center for Transit Research, University of South Florida, copyright remains with them.