About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research (EJTIR) is a peer-reviewed open access journal with no article processing charges and no publishing fees. All papers are double blind peer-reviewed.  EJTIR aims to publish high-quality papers on the behavioral, organizational, economic, and/or public policy dimensions of the planning and operations of transport systems.

Our scope (and what we expect from submitted papers):

  • First and foremost, we are a scholarly journal. This implies that we will only consider papers that explicitly contribute to relevant academic literature, as documented in international peer-reviewed journals. We expect the introduction of every paper submitted to EJTIR to contain a review of past work on the paper's topic, which is used to explicitly identify an academic knowlegde gap. In addition, we expect submitted papers to clearly mention in the introduction the aimed for contribution in terms of filling the identified knowledge gap. Note that the large majority of the >70% of papers that are rejected in our desk review-process are rejected because they fail to convincingly argue their contribution to the scholarly literature.
  • We do not only want to contribute to the academic debate on transport and infrastructure, we also want to contribute to practice. We are primarily interested in publishing research that makes a real difference in addressing the immense and growing challenges of today’s transport systems. This means that EJTIR encourages submission of scholarly papers that explicitly aim to support decision-making and policy-making in the field of transport and infrastructure.
  • Transport and infrastructure can be studied from a wide range of perspectives. EJTIR takes a special interest in the behavioral, organizational, economic, and/or public policy dimensions of the planning and operations of transport systems. We are interested in theory, models and methods, as well as novel empirical work; and we consider all modes of transport. Examples of topics that fall outside the scope of EJTIR include papers discussing topics such as supply chain-optimization, traffic flow theory (especially highly technical contributions), optimal asphalt mixtures, vehicle routing problems, technical requirements for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, internal company logistics, data envelopment analysis, or machine learning techniques for traffic predictions may be better suited for other journals than ours.
  • In addition, current transport problems often require that they are viewed from different perspectives. Therefore, EJTIR strongly supports special issues. Our ambition is to publish two special issues each year. We strongly encourage prospective guest editors to contact us with their ideas.
  • We are a European journal. Although papers from every corner of the globe are welcome, EJTIR expects authors whose papers focus on regions outside Europe, to explicitly discuss potential lessons relevant to the European context. In addition, when a submitted paper is based on a case study or data from non-European regions, we demand that its contribution to the broader scholarly literature (in terms of, e.g., theory development or a methodological advance) is particularly noteworthy.

How we are published

We are a so-called Platinum Open-Access journal. Readers pay no fees, and neither do authors. We strongly believe that access to ideas developed with the aim of addressing important transport-related challenges should not be restricted to those individuals and institutions that are able to pay publishers large (subscription) fees. 

We are an internet-only journal. Most scholars would say that the internet has replaced hardcopy material as the foremost scholarly medium of communication and dissemination. We agree with this view. The open-access, internet-only format brings important practical advantages to our authors and readers:

  • There are no Article Process Charges (APC) and Submission Charges for authors
  • Authors can disseminate their published work easily to colleagues around the world, without any formal restriction. They can also freely use their published EJTIR-papers for educational purposes.
  • Authors benefit from the internet-based format as it allows us to drastically reduce turnaround times. Compared to most other journals in our field, EJTIR’s review and publication process is about twice as fast.
  • Readers can freely access our papers from wherever they are: the only requirement is access to the internet. In turn, the accessibility of papers published in EJTIR increases their potential impact. 

Review Process

EJTIR distinguishes itself from other journals in terms of the speed of our review process. Normally, our desk review is performed within a week. All submitted papers to EJTIR are subject to critical double-blind peer review by our editors and by external experts in the field. If a paper is sent out for external review, reports from our referees are sent back to the author within three to four months. If applicable, a second review round generally only takes a month or two. After acceptance, the paper will appear online within a week after receiving the formatted paper, as part of the current issue. To facilitate this speedy review process, we demand that authors do not take more than four months to revise their paper. If more time is taken, EJTIR as a rule will consider the resubmitted manuscript a new submission, which implies that the review process is started all over.

Publication ethics

Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Open Access Policy

EJTIR is an open access journal licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Anyone is free to share (to copy, distribute, and transmit the work), to remix (to adapt the work) under the following conditions:

  • The original authors must be given credit
  • For any reuse or distribution, it must be made clear to others what the license terms of this work are
  • Any of these conditions can be waived if the copyright holders give permission
  • Nothing in this license impairs or restricts the author's moral rights

Copyright Policy

  • Authors retain their copyrights
  • If you are using published images, text or other materials, please be aware of copyright regulations. The TU Delft Copyright helpdesk can provide further information and answer your copyright questions.
  • In case of (alleged or proven) copyright breaches or scientific misconduct (e.g. fabricating data), EJTIR will follow the developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)


This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More... 


EJTIR grants you the right to publish the metadata of the series, it's issues and articles under the terms of the Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).


EJTIR is indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) and the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) of ThomsonReuters. In addition, EJTIR is covered in a range of relevant databases, including Scopus and the  Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).


Online: 1567-7141

Print: 1567-7133