Focus and scope

The Traffic Safety Research (TSR) interdisciplinary journal has the overarching aim to contribute to the global shift towards the Safe System paradigm within road transportation. The journal publishes results from high-quality research in engineering, psychology, sociology, economics, medicine, political sciences, and other fields relevant for explaining and addressing road traffic casualties. Proactive methods and analyses as well as multidisciplinary views on traffic safety problems are encouraged.

The TSR's topics cover (but are not limited to):

  • system analysis and policy research related to road safety
  • in-depth exploration and causal explanation of accident mechanisms
  • behaviour and attitudes in traffic related to safety
  • safety of specific groups in traffic, such as cyclists, pedestrians, children or elderly
  • medical, economical, psychological and other consequences of accidents
  • methodological development covering a wide palette of methods such as accident modelling, in-depth investigations, data linkage, self-reporting, surrogate measures of safety, behavioural observations and naturalistic studies, virtual reality, micro-simulations, etc.
  • innovative approaches and explorative studies that bring in new theoretical insights or explanatory mechanisms (even if based on smaller datasets)
  • development and evaluation of road traffic safety counter-measures
  • state-of-the art knowledge summaries and literature reviews.

The main criteria in selection of papers for publication are scientific excellence, novelty, and contribution to practical knowledge within road safety in line with the Safe System way of thinking.

You should consider submitting your paper to the journal if:

  • Your paper reports innovative ideas or concepts in the field of road traffic safety, even if your sample size is limited but the methods or results are ground-breaking.
  • Your work provides new evidence for better comprehension of the mechanisms behind road accidents occurrence.
  • The findings of your paper suggest counter-measures to universally recognized safety problems from infrastructure, vehicle, road user, post-crash care or policy perspectives.
  • Your paper reports a new methodological approach on road traffic safety analysis that represents a clear advancement beyond the state-of-the-art.

You should not submit your paper to the journal if:

  • The topic of your paper is outside road traffic safety domain.
  • Your paper lacks solid and clear methodological approach.
  • The primary goal of your paper is application of advanced mathematical modelling rather than answering a research question related to road traffic safety.