Scope and how we are published
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.
- While we carry the term “European” in our journal’s name, we also welcome papers focusing on transportation systems, policies, and infrastructures that bear a relatively strong resemblance to those of European and other industrialised and developed countries such as the USA, Chile, Canada, Israel, and Australia. In addition, we also cordially invite authors from around the world to submit papers presenting high-quality methodological and theoretical advances, whose relevance extends to transportation systems, policies, and infrastructures world-wide. EJTIR is a partner journal of the World Conference on Transport Research Society.
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:
- 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.