Special volume on traffic safety in LMICs


According to the latest WHO's global status report on road safety from 2023, the vast majority (92%) of traffic deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). While much knowledge on how to prevent traffic fatalities and injuries is available, it often comes from the high-income countries. The general lack of quality research based on the LMIC-context, and particularly performed by the researchers with local knowledge and understanding, is a serious hinder in addressing the global traffic safety challenge.

The Traffic Safety Research journal calls for research papers addressing these issues. The purpose of the special volume is to raise the awareness and the scientific level of the discussion related to traffic safety in LMICs.

Contributions featuring measures for traffic injury prevention and severity reduction, as well as methods and tools to model, diagnose, improve, and evaluate traffic safety are welcomed.

A non-exhaustive list of topics includes:

  • Institutional aspects of traffic safety management in LMICs
  • Improved data to support road safety analysis and policy development
  • Low-cost solutions for road safety improvement
  • Transferability of road safety measures
  • Safety aspects of urban and rural transport planning and sustainable mobility
  • Interactions between road users, vehicles and infrastructure
  • Safety issues for different types of road users: drivers, pedestrians, cyclists, etc.

Interdisciplinary contributions are encouraged.

Submission instructions

Before the submission, make sure to have read the Guide for authors provided by the TSR journal. All the standard requirements apply. During the submission, select Special volume ‘Traffic safety in LMICs’ to make sure your paper follows the right editorial track.

All submitted papers will go through the open peer review procedure implemented by the TSR.


The submission closes on 30 June 2025. Publication of the accepted papers is done on the rolling bases, i.e. they become accessible as soon as the copyediting process is completed.

Publication fees

Traffic Safety Research is Fair Open Access journal, meaning that all incomes are used exclusively to sustain its daily operation and strategic development (no profit intended).

The upfront cost to prepare an ‘average’ TSR article for publication is about EUR 500, which is also the recommended fee. However, authors may choose their level of ‘fair compensation’, ranging from none to €1 000, depending on the resources available.

Read more about the Financing model here.