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Submission Requirements

The Journal of Public Transportation is a quarterly, international journal containing 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.

All articles should be approximately 4,000 words in length (18-20 double-spaced pages). Manuscripts not submitted according to the journal’s style will be returned. Submission of the manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Papers previously published or under review by other journals are unacceptable. All articles are subject to peer review. Factors considered in review include validity and significance of information, substantive contribution to the field of public transportation, and clarity and quality of presentation. Copyright is retained by the publisher, and upon acceptance, contributions will be subject to editorial amendment. Authors will be provided with proofs for approval prior to publication.

All manuscripts must be submitted electronically, double-spaced in Microsoft Word file format, containing only text and tables, and no linked images. If not created in Word, each table must be submitted separately in Excel format and all charts and graphs must be in Excel format. Each chart and table must have a title and each figure must have a caption. Illustrations and photographs must be submitted separately in an image file format, (i.e., TIF, JPG, AI or EPS), having a minimum 300 dpi, and measuring at least 4.5″ x 7″ in size, regardless of orientation.   However, charts and graphs may be submitted for use as spreads, covering two facing pages of an article. All supporting files must be submitted in grayscale format. Please include all sources and written permissions for supporting materials.

All manuscripts should include sections in the following order, as specified:

  • Cover Page – title (12 words or less) and complete contact information for all authors*
  • First Page of manuscript – title and abstract (up to 150 words)
  • Main Body – organized under section headings
  • References – Chicago Manual of Style, author-date format
  • Biographical Sketch – of each author


*Complete contact information includes email address, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers.

Submit manuscripts to: 

Lisa Ravenscroft, Assistant to the Editor

Center for Urban Transportation Research
University of South Florida  

Phone: 813-974-6423
Fax: 813-974-5168 

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