A bibliometric review on maritime inspection analysis: Current and future insights

Biçen S., Celik M.

Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part M: Journal of Engineering for the Maritime Environment, vol.237, no.2, pp.275-292, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


This study conducts a comprehensive bibliometric review of 123 papers, authored by 359 scholars, on maritime inspection analysis published in 77 scientific journals. The bibliographical data are analyzed in R software using the Bibliometrix tool. The most influential publications, journals, authors, and institutions are identified using citation analysis metrics. Three underlying research clusters are identified using the bibliographic coupling methodology: (i) analytic approach-based, (ii) research methodology-based, and (iii) research field-based clusters. Indeed, research collaboration networks are demonstrated at the institution, author, and country levels to address current tendencies in maritime inspection analysis. Besides the compliance solution studies, the future insights of inspection regimes along with green and smart shipping are extensively discussed. The study has great potential to encourage the forthcoming initiatives and research on inspection analytics and digitalization in maritime, offshore, logistics, and relevant fields.