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Special Issue of Transportation Science

  • 1.  Special Issue of Transportation Science

    Posted 04-05-2021 11:36

    Call for papers

    Special Issue of Transportation Science dedicated to Emerging Topics in Transportation Science and Logistics

    Submission Deadline: August 1, 2021


    In connection with the editorial restructuring of Transportation Science by topical areas, we are excited to announce two special issues, one focused on a look back at impactful research in our journal and one focused on emerging research directions.  The Area Editors have compiled a Virtual Special Issue, highlighting papers from past Transportation Science issues that showcase the quality and breadth of research in their areas.  As we look to the future, we invite authors to submit research papers that highlight emerging topics that will shape the future of research in transportation science and logistics.

    The Emerging Topics in Transportation Science and Logistics Special Issue will feature new directions in transportation science and logistics research, promoting topics that have received limited attention in Transportation Science.  We welcome papers covering new work in all areas of the journal, from connected, shared, automated or electrified mobility systems to new delivery technology like UAVs to innovations in public transit to increase access.  We are interested in new applications in transportation and logistics that require significant changes from existing models and the use of new solution methods that can broadly impact knowledge in transportation science, such as novel applications of machine or reinforcement learning to leverage the massive explosion of data related to mobility.  Further examples of emerging topics include papers on humanitarian and nonprofit logistics that address new disaster types, objectives, or other major differences in features from previous work.  The special issue will also feature broad-ranging, cross-functional topics that challenge us to consider new perspectives on existing problems, new problems or solution methods involving features from multiple disciplines, and examining the impact of various transportation policies on stakeholders.  Examples of new perspectives include modeling equity in access to transportation or developing improvements to the sustainability of transportation systems.   Papers may explore econometric and simulation models for transportation policy decisions or policy and economic analysis of environmental incentives and regulations related to transportation activities.  The review of papers for this special issue will heavily weigh the innovation, novelty, and societal importance of the work presented.


    Timeline and Process

    • Deadline for submission: August 1, 2021; earlier submissions are encouraged
    • Two rounds of review, completed on a rolling basis as papers are submitted to meet the deadline for final decisions
    • Fall 2022: Publication of special issue


    Area Editors

    Ann Campbell, Emerging & Cross-functional Topics
    Jean-François Cordeau and Barry Thomas, Logistics & Routing
    Yafeng Yin, Traffic, Demand & Network Analysis
    David Pisinger, Modes & Industries


    Submissions are open to all and will be peer reviewed according to the usual standards of the journal.  Please submit your manuscript online via ScholarOne Manuscripts at When choosing Manuscript Type in Step 1 of the submission procedure enter "Special Issue – Emerging Topics in Transportation Science and Logistics," otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.  The Instructions to Authors can be found on the Transportation Science homepage:

    Karen Smilowitz
    Northwestern University
    Evanston IL