Focus and Scope

The electronic scientific journal "Transport systems and technologies" is published quarterly in 2015 under the guidance of doctor of economic Sciences, Professor AA Zaitsev and under the auspices of St. Petersburg state transport University of Emperor Alexander I and the Scientific-educational cluster "the Russian Maglev train»

The publication is intended for engineering and technical personnel and researchers specializing in the field of passenger and freight transport. It will be useful for graduate students and students of transport Universities in order to expand their horizons and improve their profile skills.

Since the end of 2017, the electronic scientific journal "Transport systems and technologies" has been published in two languages (Russian and English) and distributed free of charge in electronic form (Gold Open Access).

The mission of the journal:

  • to integrate the results of fundamental and applied research of Russian-speaking scientists and the experience of specialists in the field of transport engineering in the international scientific space;
  • to be an international scientific platform for representatives of higher education (scientists, graduate students and students) and industries for discussion and exchange of experience in the field of transport engineering;
  • to provide specialists (primarily Russian – speaking) with relevant and high-quality scientific information about new technical solutions in the transport industry and related industries;
  • formation of a new technological structure in Russia and in the world.

 

Section Policies

Review

The journal publishes reviews, including systematic reviews of research in various areas of the transport industry and related industries:

Technologies and projects;
Scientific and practical developments;
Security;
Transport economics.

The main purpose of the review should be a discussion of the accumulated material and the presentation of a new view of the author on the previously proven facts, rethinking and finding new approaches to their interpretation, but not a simple enumeration and statement of the current state of the issue. Thus, the discussion is an obligatory part of the review manuscript (it can be separated into a separate section or pass through the whole text systematically).

In the review manuscript it is necessary to specify all used sources of primary information (full-text and abstract databases), as well as to describe in detail the search procedure: database names, filters and keywords, as well as all additional conditions for the selection of primary sources.

The review manuscript should be structured into sections and contain the necessary graphic material to facilitate the perception of the text.

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Original papers

The journal publishes the results of fundamental and oriented (applied) research in the transport industry and related industries:

Technologies and projects;
Scientific and practical developments;
Security;
Transport economics.

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Peer Review Process

Principles of selection of material for publication


Only those manuscripts, the subject and content of which correspond to the profile of the journal, have scientific novelty and are of interest to specialists, are accepted for publication.
The research results submitted for publication should correspond to one of the scientific branches:

  • physical and mathematical Sciences;
  • technical Sciences;
  • economic Sciences;
  • Earth Sciences.

    The consideration of the manuscript

    Upon receipt of the manuscript, the Executive Secretary of the editorial Board checks the design of the manuscript.

    Authors of manuscripts that do not meet our requirements receive a template e-mail without detailing the claims.

    If the manuscript is received again and again does not meet all the requirements for registration, it will be rejected without consideration.

    After making a decision on the proper design of the manuscript to all the requirements of the editorial Board decides on compliance or non-compliance of the manuscript profile of the journal.

    The accepted manuscript will be sent to reviewers.

    Publication of the article is possible only after receiving positive reviews.

    Authors who decide that the direction of their research meets the profile of the journal and agree with the policy of the editorial Board should prepare a manuscript in accordance with all the "requirements for manuscripts" and submit the manuscript to the editor through the electronic system of submission of articles on the journal's website.

The principles of peer review

  • All scientific articles submitted to the journal "Transport systems and technologies" undergo mandatory double-blind peer review (reviewer does not receive information about the authors of the manuscript, the authors of the manuscript do not receive information about the reviewers).
  • Review of articles is carried out by members of the editorial Board and the editorial Board, as well as by invited reviewers — leading experts in the relevant field.
  • The decision to choose a reviewer for the examination of the article is made by the editor-in-chief, Deputy editor-in-chief, the Executive Secretary review Period is 4 weeks, but at the request of the reviewer it can be extended.
  • Each reviewer has the right to refuse the review in case of a clear conflict of interest affecting the perception and interpretation of the manuscript materials.
  • Following the review of the manuscript, the reviewer gives recommendations on the future of the article (each decision of the reviewer must be justified):

    accept the manuscript for publication in this form;
    accept the manuscript for publication after correcting the shortcomings noted by the reviewer;
    to reject a manuscript;
    send the manuscript to another journal profile.
  • The editorial Board of the journal sends the text of reviews to the author. If there are recommendations for the revision of the manuscript, the editorial Board proposes to take them into account when preparing a new version.
  • If you disagree with any recommendations (comments) in the response letter to the reviewers, the authors need to clearly explain the reason for the refusal to make appropriate corrections (additions).
  • Revision of the article should not take more than two months from the date of sending an electronic message to the authors about the need to make changes.
  • The authors make out the answers to the reviewers in separate files and upload them to the site as additional on the "description of the manuscript"tab. In the absence of such a file, further work with the manuscript is suspended, and the authors are notified. The manuscript modified by the author will be re-sent for review.
  • In case of refusal of the authors to finalize the materials, they must notify the editorial Board in writing of their refusal to publish the article.
  • If the authors do not return the revised version after three months from the date of sending the review, the editorial Board removes it from the account even in the absence of information from the authors with a refusal to finalize the article. In such situations, the authors will be notified of the withdrawal of the manuscript from registration due to the expiration of the deadline for revision.
  • The editorial Board conducts no more than three rounds of reviewing for each manuscript.
  • If after double revision of the manuscript the reviewers or the editorial Board still have significant comments, the editorial Board rejects the manuscript and removes it from registration. In this case, the authors are notified.
  • If the author and reviewers have any unsolvable contradictions regarding the manuscript, the editorial Board has the right to send the manuscript for additional review.
  • The decision to refuse to publish the manuscript is made at a meeting of the editorial Board in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers.
  • The refusal of publication is sent to the author by e-mail, the letter contains reviews and grounds for refusal of publication. The manuscript, not recommended by the decision of the editorial Board for publication, is not accepted for re-consideration.
  • The presence of a positive review is not a sufficient basis for the publication of the article. The final decision on the publication is made by the editorial Board. In conflict situations, the decision is made by the editor-in-chief.
  • After the editorial Board of the journal makes a decision on the admission of the manuscript to publication, the editorial Board informs the author and specifies the terms of publication.
  • The original reviews are kept in the editorial office for at least 5 years.
  • Reviews of manuscripts are not published in the public domain and are used only in the internal document circulation of the editorial Board, as well as in communication with the authors.

 

Publication Frequency

The magazine is published 4 times a year, at the end of each quarter.

 

Open Access Policy

The articles of this journal are available to everyone from the moment of publication, which provides free open access to the results of research and contributes to the progress of science and medicine.

 

Indexing and Ranking

The “Transportation Systems and Technology" journal is indexed in the following international databases and directory editions:

  • Russian Science Citation Index - is a database, accumulating information on papers by Russian scientists, published in native and foreign titles.
  • Google Scholar
  • Ulrich's Periodical Directory
  • WorldCat
  • EBSCO

 

Journal’s Code of Ethics

General requirements for manuscripts

When considering the received manuscripts, the Editorial Board is guided by International Committees on Ethics.

Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE):

White Paper on Publication Ethics

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

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 will be withdrawn from publication if at any stage of consideration or prepress the editorial Board reveals a violation of the requirements of publication ethics.

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:

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

 Plagiarism

Plagiarism 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.

Plagiarisms are detected by means of:

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

If a plagiarism was detected, the manuscript will be denied, 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 date to the editors 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 Fee

The papers are published in the Journal “Transportation Systems and Technologies” 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.