Editorial Policy

Journal History

The Journal of the Transportation Research Forum (JTRF) traces its origins back to 1961. From 1961 to 1986, JTRF contained the proceedings of the annual meetings of the American and Canadian sections of TRF.

JTRF became a refereed journal in its present form in 1987. With the exception of the volumes published from 2000 to 2003 when it was co-published with the Eno Foundation’s Transportation Quarterly, JTRF was produced, published and distributed by the Transportation Research Forum until 2017.

As of January 2018, JTRF occupies its own complete volume within the Research in Transportation Economics (RETREC) journal series published by Elsevier: The JTRF volume within Research in Transportation Economics carries the JTRF title as well as continuing with JTRF volume numbering (beginning with volume 57 in 2018).

Editorial Policy

JTRF has always focused on the economics and business aspects of all modes of transportation.  It has given an equal emphasis to both freight and passenger transportation.  It has a strong emphasis on the effects of regulation and public policy.  JTRF has a strong history of the analysis of the transportation of agricultural commodities.  Historically the journal, like TRF, has concentrated on transportation problems on the North American continent.

The journal seeks three types of original manuscripts:

  • Analytical papers that may be either empirical or theoretical research on transportation problems and issues;
  • Industry issue papers that are describe and evaluate the application of economic analyses to addressing current issues that affect or will affect individual transportation modes; and
  • Book reviews of publications of direct relevance to the scope of the journal.

Why Should You Publish with JTRF?

With the alliance with Elsevier’s Research in Transportation Economics, potential JTRF authors will now be given access to Elsevier’s submission software, and benefit from the expanded reach and well documented impact factors of Elsevier’s transportation journal products.  The journal is indexed in    Scopus, Journal of Economic Literature, RePEc, TRID, and the TRIS and ITRD Databases.

Peer Review Process

JTRF is a double blind peer-reviewed journal.   Each paper submitted to JTRF is reviewed by at least two anonymous referees and one of the Co-General Editors.

Submission Process

Initial submissions are made through the Research in Transportation Economics website. Upon submission, authors will be asked to identify that their submission is for consideration by JTRF.


The current Journal co-editors are:

Michael W. Babcock
Co-General Editor, JTRF
Department of Economics
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Phone: (785)532-4571
Fax: (785)532-6919
Email: mwb@ksu.edu
James Nolan
Co-General Editor, JTRF
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5A8
Phone: (306)966-8412
Email: james.nolan@usask.ca