European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
Focus and Scope
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.
Most of the issues related to transport policy- and decision-making are multidisciplinary by nature. As a result, EJTIR encourages submission of papers that present research positioned between disciplines.
Transport and infrastructure can be studied from a wide range of perspectives. EJTIR is particularly interested in papers that adopt a social science-perspective, with a special interest in the behavioral, organizational, economic, and/or public policy dimensions of transportation and infrastructure planning. We are interested in theory, models and methods, as well as novel empirical work; and we consider all modes of transport. EJTIR is less well suited for the reviewing and publication of papers written from either an engineering, business management or decision-sciences (OR) perspective. To give some examples: papers discussing topics such as transit timetable- or 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, or new business models for the automotive industry 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.
EJTIR distinguishes itself from other journals in terms of the speed of our review process. Normally, our desk review is performed within a few weeks. 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, it generally takes about four to six months before the paper is published in one of our issues. 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.
Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Open Access Policy
EJTIR is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. The license means that 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
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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).
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