Editorial Policy

The Journal of the Transportation Research Forum (JTRF) seeks original manuscripts (i.e., articles, industry issue papers, and book reviews) which are timely in scope and germane to transportation. Articles are analytical papers that may be either empirical or theoretical research on transportation problems and issues. Industry issue papers may be descriptive in nature, addressing current issues that affect or will affect individual transportation industries (i.e., air, rail, and truck). Sales presentations for organizations veiled as articles or industry issue papers are not suitable for the JTRF.

Peer Review Process

The JTRF is a double blind peer-reviewed journal that is listed in the Journal of Economic Literature and Cabell’s Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Economics and Finance. Each paper submitted to JTRF is reviewed by two anonymous referees and one of the Co-General Editors. The comments of the referees and the Co-General Editor are summarized and sent to the author. Revisions are reviewed by one of the Co-General Editors to determine if the revision adequately deals with the concerns of the referees regarding the initial draft.

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

  1. Submit manuscripts by email or hardcopy to either General Editor at:
    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
  2. Email submissions must be in Microsoft Word.
  3. Final manuscript and abstract (hard or email copy) must be received as soon as possible.
  4. The text of manuscripts is to be double-spaced. Use one side of each page only. Articles are limited to a maximum length of 30 pages; industry issue papers and comments are limited to a maximum of 15 pages.
  5. The manuscript should have a title page which includes the names, affiliations, address (mailing and email) and phone numbers of all authors. Brief biographical sketches for all authors should be included with the manuscript.
  6. The abstract should briefly describe the contents, procedures and results of the manuscript, not its motivation, and should not exceed 100 words.
  7. Endnotes are to be used rather than footnotes, used sparingly and placed at the end of the manuscript. Do NOT use the endnote feature of the word processing software.
  8. The Chicago Manual of Style is to be used for endnotes and references. At the end of the manuscript, complete references are listed alphabetically (not by number) by author surname, government agency, or association name. Use the following as examples.
    • Book:
      Jones, Robert T. Improving Airline Transportation. General Publishing Company, Washington, D.C., 2002.
    • Chapter in a Book:
      Bresnahan, T.F. “Empirical Studies of Industries with Market Power.” R. Schmalensee and R. Williq eds. Handbook of Industrial Organization. Amsterdam: North Holland (1989): 1011-1057.
    • Journal Article:
      Kane, Louis R. “Grain Transport Rate Projections.” Transportation Journal 2, (1999): 20-40.
    • Journal Article with Multiple Authors:
      Chow, G., R. Gritta, and E. Leung. “A Multiple Discriminant Analysis Approach to Gauging Air Carrier Bankruptcy Propensities: The AIRSCORE Model.” Journal of the Transportation Research Forum 31 (2), (1991): 371-377.
    • Ph.D Dissertation:
      Jessup, E.L. “Transportation Optimization Marketing for Commodity Flow, Private Shipper Costs, and Highway Infrastructure, Impact Analysis.” Dissertation (Ph.D). Washington State University, 1998.
    • Government Document:
      US Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations, Investigations of Mexican Affairs. 2 vols. 66th Cong., 2nd session, 1919-20.
  9. Tables, figures, graphs and charts should be titled and number by an Arabic numeral (e.g., Figure 2). All figures and charts should be submitted as separate files. Any graphics or photos must be 300 dpi and submitted as a separate .tif or .eps file.
  10. Headings should adhere to the following style. Place the abstract below the title of the manuscript. First level headings should be all caps, left adjusted. Second level headings should be initial caps, left justified. Third level headings should be initial caps on the same line as the first paragraph which it heads. Do not number the headings.
  11. The word processing software used in compiling the journal is “Microsoft Word”; so please submit your final copy in “Microsoft Word”; no other word processing software is acceptable.
  12. For proper preparation of all charts, figures, maps and photos call Beverly Trittin, North Dakota State University, at (701)231-7137 or bev.trittin@ndsu.edu prior to submitting the final version of your paper. The journal is printed in black and white, therefore, all graphics must be submitted in black and white, or grayscale. TIPS:
    • Photographs to be submitted as 200 dpi or higher resolution (.jpg, .tif , .eps format).
    • Images taken from the web are 72 dpi and not print quality. Secure high-resolution image if possible.
    • Do not embed graphics in Word – submit as individual files (.jpg, .tif, .eps format).
    • Improper graphics or images will be returned to author for correct formatting.