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Perpetrators' perspective on cyberbullying: a qualitative systematic review with bibliometric analysis

Suhans Bansal (USME, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India)
Naval Garg (University School of Management and Entrepreneurship, Delhi Technological University, Delhi, India)
Jagvinder Singh (DOR, University of Delhi, New Delhi, India)

Library Hi Tech

ISSN: 0737-8831

Article publication date: 30 October 2023




Cyberbullying has become one of the reasons behind the increase in psychological and medical problems. A need to prevent recurrences of cyberbullying incidents and discourage bullies from further bullying the victims has risen. This problem has attracted the attention of all stakeholders across the globe. Various researchers have developed theories and interventions to detect and stop bullying behavior. Previously, researchers focused on helping victims, but as the times have changed, so has the focus of researchers. This study aims to analyze scientific research articles and review papers to understand the development of the knowledge base on the topic.


This study analyzes the performance of literature on cyberbullying perpetration (CBP) using the widely accepted bibliometric analysis techniques: performance analysis and science mapping. The study is based on a dataset extracted from the Web of Science database. Initially, 2,792 articles between 2007 and 2022 were retrieved, which were filtered down to 441. The filter was based on various criteria, but primarily on CBP. VOSViewer and MS Excel were used to analyze the data. In addition, VOSViewer was used to create “bibliometric citations, co-citations, and co-word maps.”


The findings include publication and citation quantum and trends, the top 20 active countries, the most significant research articles and leading journals in this domain. Major themes or clusters identified were “Cyberbullying and victim behavior,” bullying behavior, adolescents and intervention, “cyberbullying associations,” and “cyberbullying personality associations.”


The study is unique because it analyses research articles based on cyberbullies, whereas past studies explored only the victims' side. Further, the present study used the Web of Science database, whereas most studies use the Scopus database.



Bansal, S., Garg, N. and Singh, J. (2023), "Perpetrators' perspective on cyberbullying: a qualitative systematic review with bibliometric analysis", Library Hi Tech, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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