Guide for Authors

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Asian Transport Studies (ATS) is a refereed international journal published by the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS). The paper of ATS is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0).

ATS aims at providing useful insights into solving Asia-specific transport-related issues from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Its primary objectives are to foster and support excellence in transportation research and practice, and to stimulate professional interchanges in all aspects and modes of transportation. Even though papers dealing with the Asia-specific issues are especially welcome, other papers related to transportation studies are also within the scope of this journal.

This instruction provides the information for authors who prepare papers to be directly submitted to ATS.

2. Submission Declaration

Submission of an article implies that:
1) The article should contain new and significant findings, of which the contents have not been published previously;
2) It is not under consideration for publication elsewhere;
3) The publication is approved by all authors and by the responsible authorities;
4) If accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form in any language.

3. Peer Review

Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be single-blind peer-reviewed by two or more anonymous expert referees.

4. Preparing Your Paper

4.1 Review criteria
Papers submitted to this journal are refereed with the following criteria:
1) Contribution to Asia: The study contributes to the state-of-the-art or practice, especially in the context of Asia and neighboring regions;
2) Objectives: The study objectives are clear and appropriate;
3) Methodology: The methodology is technically sound;
4) Data: Data are valid;
5) Literature review: Existing studies are sufficiently reviewed;
6) Study efforts: Study efforts are adequately described;
7) Validity of conclusions: Conclusions are valid, and properly supported;
8) Timeliness: The study is timely to practitioners, researchers, or both;
9) Long-term value: The study is useful as a reference for practice, research, or both;
10) Well written and easily understood: The paper is well written, organized, and easily understood, where figures and tables are clearly made.

4.2 Word limits
A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 7500 words; this limit includes abstract; main text; tables; figures; footnotes; acknowledgments; appendices; and references. Paper with more than 7500 words will be accepted on an occasional basis, if the topic demands this length of treatment.

4.3 Template
An MS-Word template (Guide_Paper_Template.doc) is available on the website (

5. Submitting Your Paper

Our online submission system guides you stepwise through the process of entering your article details and uploading your files. The system converts your article files to a single PDF file used in the peer-review process. Editable files (e.g., Word, LaTeX) are required to typeset your article for final publication. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revision, is sent by e-mail.

6. Publication Charges

The Article Publishing Charge for this journal is USD 1,100, excluding taxes. Certain authors are exempt from this charge and will have their APC covered by EASTS's financial support scheme. Its details are available from the EASTS's official web site.

7. Publication

One set of page proofs (as PDF files) will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author (if we do not have an e-mail address then paper proofs will be sent by post) or a link will be provided in the e-mail so that authors can download the files themselves. To ensure a fast publication process of the article, we kindly ask authors to provide us with their proof corrections within two days. Elsevier now provides authors with PDF proofs which can be annotated; for this you will need to download the free Adobe Reader, version 9 (or higher). Instructions on how to annotate PDF files will accompany the proofs (also given online). The exact system requirements are given at the Adobe site.

If you do not wish to use the PDF annotations function, you may list the corrections (including replies to the Query Form) and return them to Elsevier in an e-mail. Please list your corrections quoting line number. If, for any reason, this is not possible, then mark the corrections and any other comments (including replies to the Query Form) on a printout of your proof and scan the pages and return via e-mail. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. We will do everything possible to get your article published quickly and accurately. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication: please check carefully before replying, as inclusion of any subsequent corrections cannot be guaranteed. Proofreading is solely your responsibility.

8. Copyright

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete an 'Exclusive License Agreement' (Asee more information on this). Permitted third party reuse of open access articles is determined by the author's choice of user license.

9. Self-archiving Policy

For open access publishing this journal uses an exclusive licensing agreement. Authors will retain copyright alongside scholarly usage rights and Elsevier will be granted publishing and distribution rights. Elsevier supports responsible sharing. Find out how you can share your research published in Elsevier journals.

Open Access

Please visit our Open Access page from the Journal Homepage for more information.