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Author Guidelines


Topics within the scope of the Journal of Transport and Land Use are welcome for submission. If you have questions about whether a paper fits the scope, please contact the editor.

Publication Fees

The Journal is open access and online-only, but there are publication costs. Members of the World Society for Transport and Land Use Research (WSTLUR) whose papers are accepted for publication are not charged for editing and layout for one paper during each membership term. Non-WSTLUR members will be charged $1000 per paper for editing and layout. The editors encourage all authors to seek funds to support publication of their accepted papers if possible. See this list of Open Access Journal Funds for potential sources. JTLU will waive or reduce the payment required of authors who cannot pay the full amount charged for publication. Decisions to publish are only based on editorial criteria. This journal does not charge for the submission of papers.

Notes for Contributors

JTLU accepts multiple types and styles of papers. However, for the benefit of readers, JTLU also follows the philosophy of Strunk and White: "omit needless words" and therefore encourages short, to-the-point, pieces. JTLU considers the following for publication:

Manuscripts: include original data analysis and advance both theory and methods, and incorporate a more extensive review of the literature, and may examine multiple related questions (and may exceed 10,000 words).

Letters: briefly document original data analysis (generally using established methods and testing previously proposed theories), usually about 1,500 words.

Articles: report original data analysis and advance theory or methods (including applying methods in novel ways or to new questions), respond to one or two questions and typically are about 4,000 words.

Methods: present a new experimental or statistical method, test or procedure (e.g., GIS protocols), generally using established datasets. The method described may either be completely new, or may improve existing techniques. These are typically about 1,500 words.

Debates: present an argument that is not essentially based on practical research. Debate articles can report on all aspects of the subject including theoretical, sociological and ethical aspects.

Commentaries: focus and opine on specific issues within the journal's scope and are about 1,000 words.

Discussions (provide opinions, reactions, judgments of importance, and links/connections to other ideas and subfields): comment on previously published papers, which may be accompanied by a response from the original author.

Literature Reviews: comprehensively and authoritatively describe any subject within the journal's scope. They have an educational aim and are typically on the order of 5,000 words.

Book Reviews: summarize and comment on recently published books, generally 1000 to 1500 words.

Papers for Review

Papers for review should be in Portable Document Format (PDF). Papers in other formats will not be considered.

The Editors will not consider papers that have been published elsewhere. Papers will be screened for plagiarism using Turnitin.

All papers must be typed, double-spaced in 12 pt Times (or equivalent). Each page must be numbered.

An abstract of approximately 100–200 words, detailing the main points of the paper, must be included with the article.

Mathematical arguments when used should accompany the paper as an appendix.

For review, all diagrams must be embedded in the same PDF file as the text.

Statistical tables should be clearly headed and the reader should be able to understand the meaning of each row and column. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the data.

Both table and figure captions should be informative. Long descriptive, interpretative captions are encouraged. The tables and figures should be able to stand alone and be read independently of the text. The text should not repeat information in the tables or figures.

Footnotes must be very brief. Any explanation requiring more than a few lines must be incorporated in the text.

Appendices are not encouraged. If needed, they should be submitted as separate files. They will be posted separately and linked to the main paper, but will not copyedited or typeset.

References should be carefully checked and complete; those missing publication information will be returned for revision. Any reference not cited in the text will be deleted. All text citations must have corresponding references.

Copyright and Licensing

Authors will be expected to agree to the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License 4.0, granting non-exclusive use of their article to the Journal of Transport and Land Use. It is however expected that the author will not publish the work in another academic journal without crediting the Journal of Transport and Land Use.


The official language of the Journal is English.


All measurements shall be given in metric (SI) units. Imperial (English) or other local units may be used in addition to metric units, and may be given in parentheses after the metric units.

Data Availability

All data used in the articles must be available in a publicly accessible data archive. The Journal will host moderately sized datasets that are not presently in a publicly accessible data archive. The objective is to enable research results to be reproduced by other researchers. Papers with insufficient detail or transparency to enable reproduction of the results will not be accepted.


Only those works cited in the text may be included on the reference list. References must follow APA style. See the Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition, or for examples and more information.

Formatting Instructions for Final Manuscripts

Papers that have been accepted for publication must be provided in Word, RTF, Unicode text, or LaTeX formats (LaTeX must use the JTLU LaTeX template).

Graphics and images should be provided in separate files, at a size and resolution suitable for printing.

Detailed guidelines for authors submitting manuscripts for typesetting are available in the JTLU Author Guidelines (PDF). Following these guidelines will avoid many potential problems and delays in the production process, and ensure that your work is presented accurately and effectively.

In addition, an MS Word template or a LaTeX template are available to assist in streamlining layout. The JTLU LaTeX template MUST be used if you would like to submit your manuscript in LaTeX.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. Submissions (for review): The submission file is in PDF file format.
  3. Accepted articles (for typesetting): The manuscript is in Word, RTF, Unicode text, or LaTeX format. LaTeX papers must use the JTLU LaTeX template.
  4. When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g.,
  5. The review text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  6. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  7. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review) have been followed.
  8. The journal uses a double-blind review process at the option of the author, meaning that both the reviewers are anonymous to the authors and that the authors are anonymous to the reviewers.

    All new submissions should remove the name of the authors from the front-page and authors should consider whether to remove references to their own articles during the review process. (Appropriate self-references can be added upon acceptance.)
  9. The names and e-mail addresses of two potential reviewers are listed in the Comments to the Editor box below.
  10. As a member of the Transport and Land Use research community, we expect authors to review papers as well as write them (that is obey the ‘golden rule of reviewing’). We may ask you to review a paper in the coming weeks or months. For every paper submission, the authors are expected to conduct 1-2 reviews for the journal if so called upon.

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with JTLU agree to the following terms:

1) Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial License 4.0 that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

2) Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

3) Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.


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