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Author Guidelines

Journal’s Code of Ethics

General Requirements for the Manuscripts

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

In case the objects of the researches were individuals, the Editorial Board is additionally guided by the following requirements:

  • The manuscript should have it expressly pointed out that all individuals who have become the objects of research gave their written consent thereto;
  • The authors are personally responsible that the manuscript should not make it possible anyhow to identify the individuals who took part in the research;

The manuscript is subject to withdrawal in case at any stage of publication or pre-printing preparation, the Editorial Board identify publication ethics is breached.

In case this breach is identified by readers of the Journal after the manuscript has been published, it will also be withdrawn. This will also result in prohibition for the authors team to publish their works in the Journal in the future.

 

The breach of the publication ethics includes:

  • Unauthorised borrowings from other works;
  • Submission for publication in several journals at one time;
  • Concealment of conflict of interests;
  • Assessment of the reviewers’ professional qualities;
  • Unacceptable authorship.

 

Unauthorised borrowings

Unauthorised borrowings may occur in many forms: from presenting someone other’s work as one’s own to copying and paraphrasing of significant volumes of someone else’s work (without referring to initial authors), or unfair claiming rights for someone else’s results of researches. Unauthorised borrowings in all forms are regarded as unethical actions and are therefore unacceptable.

 

The authors of the manuscripts are expected to present fully original works. Mentioning someone else’s work should properly refer to initial sources, which in their turn are subject to inclusion in References of the manuscript. Citing previously mentioned text should be arranged as direct speech and be enclosed in brackets with mandatory referring to initial source. Inclusion of large segments of the borrowed text is unacceptable.

It is always necessary to recognise all participants’ contribution to researches. The authors should refer to publications which have seriously influenced on research covered in the manuscript. The data which have been unofficially obtained (e.g. in a talk, correspondence, or in discussion with third parties), should not be used or presented without prior written consent of the initial source. The information obtained from confidential sources (e.g. when it comes to scientific grants) should not be mentioned in the manuscript without clearly expressed written consent of the author concerned with the confidential source.

 

Unauthorised borrowings are detected by means of:

  • Antiplagiat software (Antiplagiarism);
  • Peer-review; and
  • After the manuscripts have been published – following readers’ claims.

 

If a borrowing (or results of the work) or an idea is considered to be unauthorised, the manuscript will be rejected, even if it has already been published. The website will contain official notification thereof.

Submission of one manuscript for publication in several journals at one time or presentation of earlier published results under different title

In case the Editorial Board becomes knowledgeable that the manuscript has been submitted for publication in several journals at one time, it will be regarded as publication ethics breach. The manuscript, after such breach is detected, will be declined.

Publication of a certain type of the paper (e.g. translated articles) in some cases is acceptable, provided that a number of criteria is fitted. When submitting the manuscript for the second time, the authors are required to notify the Editorial Board and substantiate the necessity thereof. In the case of the second-time publication, all copyright related issues are settled down individually in certain case specifically. The general requirements for the second-time publication are as follows:

  • Full reference for the initial (first-time) publication;
  • Saving original references of the initial (first-time) paper.

A more detailed information about acceptable second-time (repeated) publications is available at www.icmje.org.

Concealment of conflict of interests

It is obligatory that all authors should disclose (declare in a specific section of the manuscript) financial or other express, or potential conflicts of interests, which may be regarded as those having influenced on results or conclusions given in the manuscript.

 

The examples of potential conflicts of interests subject to disclosure are:

  • Acquisition of financial reward for participation in research or writing a manuscript;
  • Any connection (e.g. contract, consulting, shareholding, remuneration, provision of expert’s opinions) with organisations having direct interest in the subject of the research or review;
  • Patent application or registration of a patent for research findings (copyrights, etc.);
  • Acquisition of financial support for any stage of research undertaking or manuscript writing (including but not limited to grants and other financial coverage).

The information about any conflict of interests obtained from the authors will be available only for the Editorial Board when deciding on publication of the manuscript. In case the manuscript faces the positive decision on publication, the information about the conflict of interests becomes available through publication within the full paper.

Assessment of the reviewers’ competences

The assessment of professional competences of a reviewer is an exclusive prerogative of the Editorial Board.

Any attempts made by the authors to assess the team of reviewers’ competences will result in decline of publication.

Unacceptable authorship of publications

The authors of the manuscript may be only those who have significantly contributed to forming of the concept of the work, development, and interpretation of the results of the research presented, as well as to the manuscript writing process itself (including scientific and stylistic revision, and adaptation of the paper to the Journal requirements).

 

The authors are expected to see to it that:

  • All authors who have significantly contributed to the research, are mentioned as co-authors;
  • No person who has not actually participated in the research is mentioned as a co-author;
  • All authors have seen through and approved the final version of the work, and agreed on its publication. The consent of the co-authors should be given in writing in cover letter.

 

Access to initial data and their storage

The Editorial Board reserves the right to request the authors to provide initial (“raw”) research data, including for the purpose of providing those to the team of reviewers and editors. The authors are expected to be ready to provide such data to the editors (in accordance with ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), as well as store these data.

Significant mistakes in the published works

In case significant mistakes or inaccuracies are found in the publication, the authors are expected to inform the Editorial Board or the Publisher thereof, and cooperate with the editorial team to ensure prompt suspension of the work and rectification of mistakes. In case the Editorial Board or the Publisher is provided with substantiated information that the publication contains significant mistakes, the author is obliged either to have the work withdrawn and rectify the mistakes within the shortest time, or withdraw the notification of mistakes, providing the Editorial Board with all necessary proof.

Publication fees

The papers are published in the Journal “Transportation Systems and Technology” free of charge.

The Editorial Board do not charge the authors for open publication of their papers, as well as for reviewing, preparation of the Journal for publication, maintenance of the website and electronic storage of the manuscripts.

Manuscript submission

The Journal uses Open Journal System and accepts papers only in electronic form.

To upload the manuscript please prepare the following:

Basic files:

  • File containing the text of the manuscript (in Word format or any other compatible one) and all figures and tables;
  • Photos, plots etc. (jpg);
  • Cover letter file;
  • Copyright transfer agreement (download)
  • When uploading the supplementary files, the “comments to the file” field should be filled in;
  • The comment fields should contain information about the files uploaded, e.g. “Fig. 1”;

The date of submission will be the date of receipt of all file package, arranged and formed in strict compliance with the above-mentioned rules.

General requirements

The manuscript is presented in two formats: MS Word and PDF.

Page format – A4; all margins – 2.5 cm; indention – 1.25; line spacing – single; all chapters are separated with single spacing. Font − Times New Roman.

 

The authors should also give definitions to terminology, shortenings, abbreviations, and symbols used in the manuscript. Please specify the software that you have used as well. The units of measurements must be given in SI – the International System of Units.

Manuscript structure 

Review paper template

Original paper template

Basic logistics of the paper processing after its approval for publication

If the manuscript is accepted for printing, the License Agreement “On the transfer of non-exclusive rights to use the Work” will be sent to the authors.

The paper which has been approved for publication is forwarded to the Scientific Editor. It is from this moment that the authors are prohibited to make any changes in the text of the manuscript prior to agreeing with the Scientific Editor.

After all changes have been approved by the Scientific Editor, the authors should upload their manuscripts using their accounts.

At the next stage, the manuscript is forwarded to the Layout Editor who creates an electronic version of the paper.

The file (the revised one) is sent in PDF to the authors for their final approval.

The authors are to check the revised paper, give their comments using Adobe Reader and upload the paper to the website using their accounts.

Publication

The papers are usually published in accordance with the editor’s approval procedures and order of receipt. In case a more detailed information is required, the authors are informed thereabout via email.

CONTACT INFORMATION (supplementary file)

Contact information (an e-mail address) for all authors should be presented in the next order:

  • surname, name, middle name (if applicable);
  • scientific degree, author’s affiliation (position, department, full name of the organization);
  • full postal address, e-mail, phone number (working) with the country and city codes, plus mobile phone for corresponding author (only for urgent contacts with editors if necessary without transfer to third parties);
  • Author’s ID (ORCID, Scopus or others).

Completing submission

Please check the list of attached files prior to finishing the procedure. Within next 14 days, the editorial board will check your submission. If it corresponds to the requirements, manuscript status change to “in review”. You may find it at “summary” tab at your account.

Feel free to contact the editors should you have any questions regarding the processing of your manuscript. Accessing your personal account on-site will allow you to monitor its progress online.

 

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.

  • Absence of plagiarism

    The authors guarantee that this article has not been published in whole or in part, and is not under consideration or in the process of publication in another publication.

  • Correct manuscript format

    Manuscript file format is Microsoft Word (has the extension *.doc, *.docx, *.rtf). The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographical requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

  • Abstract 

    Designed in accordance with the requirements and does not exceed the limit.

  • Illustrations

    Tables and figures were placed within the text of the manuscript and have their titles.

  • References

    The list of references is formatted in accordance with the requirements. All the cited sources were checked for DOI.

  • Supplementary files

    The authors have prepared for transfer to the editor

    • file containing full information about the authors (surname, name, place of employment, e-mail address);
    • graphic files (photos, satellite images, graphics, etc.).

    The authors are ready to upload these files to the journal website in Step 4 during the manuscript submission process.

  • The authors confirm that:

    • all participants who have made significant contribution to the study are presented as co-Authors;
    • those who did not participate in the study are not listed as co-Authors;
    • all co-Authors have seen and approved the final version of the work and agreed to submit it for publication;
    • all authors have agreed to all clauses of the Agreement;
    • in case the manuscript is accepted for publication, the authors will receive the signed Agreement in PDF. All Authors of the paper are required to sign the Agreement in person and forward it to the editors. In order to facilitate the process, the Agreement states that the parties recognise electronically signed copies of Agreement, which in this case has the same legal force as the original one. It can also be used in court processes to protect Authors' rights.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors whose works are published in this journal agree to the following terms:

  1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License 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 (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

Privacy Statement

The names and addresses provided by you when registering at this website will be used only for technical purposes: contact with you or with reviewers (editors) in the process of preparing your article for publication. They will in no case be provided to other persons and organisations.

If the manuscript is accepted for publication, information about the authors will be published in the relevant section of the article.