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International Journal of Transportation Engineering and Technology welcomes all the proposals corresponding to the aims & scope of this journal. The objective of the special issues is to bring together recent high-quality research, to promote key advances in theory and applications, and to provide overviews of the emerging domains.

If you are ready to propose a special issue, please download the special issue proposal form and fill in the required information.

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Submit a Proposal

After completing the required information in the proposal form, you can submit it in the following 2 ways:

1. Online Submission
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A follow-up email will be sent to the given email address within 3 working days.

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2. Email Submission

The completed proposal form can also be submitted by email to specialissue@sciencepg.com.

Please type "International Journal of Transportation Engineering and Technology Special Issue Proposal" as the subject of your email.

Organize a Special Issue

The sections below will help you in organizing a successful special issue. A good special issue should include an appropriate topic, a well-focused scope, effective keywords and a capable editorial team.

Choose a Special Issue Topic

You should choose a topic close to your own research interests. The topic must be of increasing interest within your field and within the scope of the journal. It should be broad enough to attract a reasonable number of submissions, but narrow enough to provide a cohesive collection of articles.

The special issues often focus on the interface of two or more traditional disciplines, a recent advance in the field or an emerging societal challenge. If you notice a particular topic is arousing widespread attention, this is a good sign that a related proposal will generate great interest.

Describe the Scope

The scope should state the intended focus of the special issue. It should emphasize the current relevance of the subject and indicate why new research on the subject is warranted. Besides, it is also crucial to strike a balance between length and detail. Too little detail could result in a lack of focus or scientific merit while too much detail can be overly prescriptive and limit the interest of the researchers. Therefore, 150-400 words are recommended for the statement of the scope.

Select Keywords

In addition to the statement of scope, a special issue should also include at least 6 keywords. These keywords are not only the ‘signposts’ for the research direction of the special issue but also another opportunity to indicate the scope of the special issue. However, the lead guest editor should be wary of excessively narrowing the scope.

Recruit an Editorial Team

The special issue will be composed of a lead guest editor and several guest editors. This team should be sufficient of capacity and expertise, and take on the following responsibilities:

(1) Prepare the special issue proposal;

(2) Promote your special issue;

(3) Invite authors to contribute papers;

(4) Maintain contact with authors who are interested;

(5) Recruit the guest editor team to review the papers.

The qualification of these editors will be reviewed to ensure they meet the editorial requirements of this journal. The lead guest editor is also encouraged to recruit team members from multiple institutions and locations, which can reduce conflicts of interest and help the special issue reach a wider audience.