About This Journal

The Journal of Public Transportation is an international journal produced by the National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) at the University of South Florida, a federally-funded Tier I University Transportation Center. The Journal contains original research and case studies associated with various forms of public transportation and related transportation and policy issues. Topics are approached from a variety of academic disciplines, including economics, engineering, planning, and others, and include policy, methodological, technological, and financial aspects. Emphasis is placed on the identification of innovative solutions to transportation problems.

The theme of the National Center for Transit Research is to help improve the performance and relevance of public transportation and other forms of alternative transportation. The research conducted at NCTR is generally referred to as practical research, designed to be of help to those who plan for, operate, and maintain transit systems and commuter assistance programs.

Paper Content

Up to 40 papers per year are published in the Journal of Public Transportation, which is produced on a limited budget, a fiscal constraint that requires us to establish priorities in the types of papers we will publish. As such, the articles included in the Journal should be accessible and understandable by personnel in transit systems or related services so the findings can be used to the benefit of passengers, agencies, and communities.

Papers featuring case studies should do more than use already-accepted methodologies and share findings; the research should advance the state of knowledge and should feature lessons learned and techniques that can be generalized so the information is useful in other locales that may have similar challenges.

Papers that are highly technical/mathematical and/or very academic in nature that might be beyond the comprehension of most transit or related agency personnel are not encouraged. Authors should consider submitting these papers to technical journals such as:

Annals of Operations Research
Computers and Industrial Engineering
European Journal of Operational Research
European Journal of Scientific Research
International Journal of Applied Management and Technology
International Journal of Project Management
Journal of Discrete Applied Mathematics
Journal of Information and Knowledge Management
Journal of Operations Research
Journal of Operations Research Society
Journal of Transportation Science
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics

Paper Standards

We seek to publish papers that are professionally-prepared and include complete literature searches, well-explained methodologies, solid data, and clear and unbiased conclusions. Papers must be well-organized and should follow a general sequence that describes the problem; states the objectives; reviews past work and the literature; describes the approach, assumptions, and data used; discusses the results and limitations; and draws conclusions.

International authors should bear in mind that the primary language of our readers is English and that an insufficient translation can make a paper awkward and difficult to understand. If necessary, papers should be reviewed by an English editor before submission so peer reviewers can provide the most helpful reviews and readers can fully comprehend the information. Papers found to be difficult to understand due to language issues may be returned to the authors for English editing and resubmission.

The Journal of Public Transportation journal uses a double-blind review process in which both the reviewer and the author remain anonymous. To expedite paper availability, papers accepted for publication are pre-published on-line individually.

The Journal of Public Transportation is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Transportation for Research and Technology (OST-R), formerly known as the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA).

The Journal of Public Transportation is published on-line quarterly by:

         National Center for Transit Research
         Center for Urban Transportation Research
         College of Engineering
         University of South Florida
         4202 East Fowler Avenue, CUT100
         Tampa, FL 33620-5375
         Phone: (813) 974-3120
         Email: jpt@cutr.usf.edu
         Website: www.nctr.usf.edu/journal

Editor: Joel R. Volinski, Director, National Center for Transit Research, volinski@cutr.usf.edu

Assistant to the Editor: Lisa Ravenscroft, jpt@cutr.usf.edu

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Elsevier BV


Thomson Reuters

U.S. National Research Council * Transportation Research Board

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