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Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

Please note: Submission of a paper indicates the author's intention to publish in the Journal of Transportation and Statistics (JTS). Submission of a manuscript to other journals is unacceptable. Previously published manuscripts, whether in an exact or approximate form, cannot be accepted. Check with the Managing Editor if in doubt.

Scope of JTS: JTS has two primary areas of focus. We publish articles that look at transportation from a statistical perspective. We also publish articles that do not use or discuss statistical techniques but present information on areas of transportation research that are of interest to JTS readers. Papers that do not use or discuss statistical techniques may be considered for the Research Notes section.

Manuscripts must be double spaced, including quotations, abstract, reference section, and any notes. All figures and tables should appear at the end of the manuscript with each one on a separate page. Do not embed them in your manuscript.

Because the JTS audience works in diverse fields, please define terms that are specific to your area of expertise.

Electronic submissions via email to the Managing Editor are strongly encouraged. We can accept PDF, Word, Excel, and Adobe Illustrator files. If you cannot send your submission via email, you may send a disk or CD by overnight delivery service or send a hardcopy by the U.S. Postal Service (regular mail; see below). Do not send disks or CDs through regular mail.

Hardcopy submissions delivered to BTS by the U.S. Postal service are irradiated. Do not include a disk in your envelope; the high heat will damage it.

The cover page of your manuscript must include the title, author name(s) and affiliations, and the telephone number and surface and email addresses of all authors.

Put the Abstract on the second page. It should be about 100 words and briefly describe the contents of the paper including the mode or modes of transportation, the research method, and the key results and/or conclusions. Please include a list of keywords to describe your article.

Graphic elements (figures and tables) must be called out in the text. Graphic elements must be in black ink. We will accept graphics in color only in rare circumstances.

References follow the style outlined in the Chicago Manual of Style. All non-original material must be sourced.

International papers are encouraged, but please be sure to have your paper edited by someone whose first language is English and who knows your research area.

Accepted papers must be submitted electronically in addition to a hard copy (see above for information on electronic submissions). Make sure the hard copy corresponds to the electronic version.

Page proofs: As the publication date nears, authors will be required to return article page proofs to the Managing Editor within 48 hours of receipt.

Acceptable software for text and equations is limited to Word and LaTeX. Data behind all figures, maps, and charts must be provided in Excel, Word, or DeltaGraph. Data in American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) text will be accepted but is less desirable. Acceptable software for graphic elements is limited to Excel, DeltaGraph, or Adobe Illustrator. If other software is used, the file supplied must have an .eps or .pdf extension. We do not accept PowerPoint.

Maps are accepted in a variety of Geographic Information System (GIS) programs. Please save your GIS files using .eps or .pdf extensions. If this is not possible, maps may be provided in ArcView3.x project files (.apr), ArcGIS8.x map files (.mxd), or Arc/Info metafiles (.map). Send your files using the .apr or .mxd extensions on a CD-ROM via overnight delivery service.

Send all submission materials to:

Marsha Fenn
Managing Editor, Journal of Transportation and Statistics
Bureau of Transportation Statistics
U.S. Department of Transportation
400 7th Street, SW
Room 7412, K-15
Washington, DC 20590
Email: marsha.fenn@bts.gov

Updated: Saturday, May 20, 2017