Focus and Scope

The electronic scientific Journal” Transportation Systems and Technology” has been issued quarterly since 2015 under management of Doctor of Economic Science, Professor Anatoly Zaitsev and under the aegis of Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University and Scientific and Educational Engineering Cluster “Russian Maglev”.

The Journal is intended for engineering and technical personnel and scientific officers and researchers, who specialise in the sphere of passenger and freight transportation. It is especially useful for undergraduates and postgraduates of transport universities for the benefit of improvement of their competences and expansion of their field of vision.

Since the end of 2017, the electronic scientific Journal “Transportation Systems and Technology” has been issued both in English and Russian and disseminated electronically free of charge (Gold Open Access).

Journal’s mission encompasses:

  • Integration of the results of fundamental and applied researches of Russian speaking scientists and experience of specialists of transport engineering industry into the international scientific community;
  • Becoming an international scientific forum for representatives of higher school (scientists, postgraduates and students) and industry workers for discussion and experience exchange in the sphere of transport engineering industry;
  • Provision of specialists with topical and trustworthy information about new technical solutions in transport sphere and all other spheres associated with it;        
  • Building a new technological pattern in Russia and around the globe.

 

Section Policies

Review

The journal comprises scientific reviews, including research ones, on various areas of the transport branch and all other branches related to it. These are:

  • Technologies and projects;
  • Scientific and practical developments;
  • Safety;
  • Transport economics.

The major objective of writing a scientific review should be discussion of the accumulated material and presenting the author’s new vision of the previously proved facts, reconsideration of them and search for new approaches to their understanding. Yet it should not be a mere listing and stating the today’s situation of the issue. Thus, discussion makes a significant part of the review (it may be separated as an independent text or it may run gradually through the whole text).

The review manuscript should contain all sources of information (full text or abstract databases). Also a searching procedure should be described in detail: names of the databases, filters and keywords, and all additional parameters of selecting primary sources.

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

All review papers sent to the Editorial Board are:

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Original papers

The Journal publishes results of fundamental and applied researches in transport sphere and other spheres associated with it:

  • Technologies and projects;
  • Scientific and practical developments;
  • Safety;
  • Transport economics.

All original papers sent to the Editorial Board are:

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Principles of choosing material for publication

It is highly advisable that the authors should submit only those works for publication which meet the scope of the Journal, represent scientific novelty or interest for other scientists.

The submitted papers containing results of researches should correspond to at least one of the following fields:

  • Physics;
  • Technical sciences, including engineering and computer graphics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, transport engineering, civil and industrial engineering, safety, including environmental and human safety, etc;
  • Economy.

Consideration of manuscript

When receiving the manuscript, the Corresponding Secretary checks the manuscript overall formatting.

The authors whose works do not meet the Journal requirements will receive a notification stating the drawbacks or mistakes of the manuscript in general.

In case the manuscript is received for the second time and it does not meet the requirements again, it will be declined without consideration.

After the Editorial Board decides that the manuscript meets the formatting requirements, the decision is made whether or not the manuscript corresponds to the Journal scope.

The manuscript received for consideration will be then forwarded to the Reviewers.

The publication of the paper is possible only after positive reviews have been received.

Upon deciding that their manuscript meets the Journal scope and that they agree with the Editorial Board policy, the authors are expected to prepare their manuscript in accordance with “Requirements for Manuscripts” document and submit the manuscript to the Editorial Board via the website of the Journal.

Mechanism of reviewing

  1. All articles submitted to the Editorial Board of the Journal “Transportation Systems and Technology” are subject to mandatory double blind peer review (the reviewer receives no information about the authors of the manuscript, and the authors receive no information about the reviewers).
  2. The articles are reviewed by the Editorial Board members as well as by guest reviewers – leading experts in corresponding branches of sciences. The decision whether to choose an expert for reviewing is made by Editor-in-Chief, his Deputy, or Corresponding Secretary. The reviewing process takes 4 weeks, yet it may be extended on request by a reviewer.
  3. Each reviewer is entitled to reject reviewing should an obvious conflict of interest arise, which would affect the perception and interpretation of the manuscript materials. Upon evaluating the article, the reviewer gives his/her recommendations on the next actions related to article with every decision and recommendation substantiated:
  • the article is recommended for publication in the current form;
  • the article is recommended for publication after all mistakes or inaccuracies have been rectified;
  • the article may not be published in the Journal;
  • the article is recommended to be submitted to a journal having different scope.
  1. The Editorial Board sends the review to the author of the article. In case there are recommendations on further improvement of the text of the manuscript, the Editorial Board suggest on considering them while preparing another version of the manuscript. In case the authors do not agree with the reviewers’ recommendations (remarks), they are requested to forward a letter stating expressly why they do not see it necessary to make include the reviewers’ recommendations in the text of the manuscript. Further improvement of the text should not take more than two months from the moment of sending the message to the authors concerning the need to improve the article.
  2. The authors should form their answers to the reviewers as separate files and upload them to the website in “Description of the Manuscript” section. In case no such file has been provided, any further work with the paper will be suspended, and the authors will be provided with the relative notification thereof. The manuscript improved by the authors will be sent for reviewing again.
  3. In case the authors reject improving their article, they should inform the Editorial Board in writing or orally about their decision not to have the article published. If the authors do not resubmit the revised materials after a period of three months since the review has been sent, even if there is no information concerning the authors’ rejecting to improve the article, the Editorial Board will remove it from the register. In this case, the relative letter of notification will be forwarded to the authors, saying that the article has been removed from the register due to expiration of time allotted for revision.
  4. The Editorial Board conducts no more than three stages of reviewing of each manuscript. If after three stages of revision of the manuscript, the reviewers or Editorial Board still have significant remarks, the manuscript will be rejected and removed from the register. In this case, a corresponding letter stating that the article has been removed from the register, will be forwarded to the authors.
  5. If there arise unsolvable contradictions about the manuscript between the authors and reviewers, the Editorial Board is entitled to submit the article for additional reviewing.
  6. The decision to reject the publication of the article is made during the meeting of the Editorial Board and in accordance with the recommendations of the reviewers. The notification of rejection is electronically forwarded to the authors. The notification contains the reasons for rejection and is complemented by reviewers. The manuscript which has not been recommended by the Editorial Board for publication will not be additionally considered for publication.
  7. Receiving the positive review is not a sufficient ground for publication of the article. The final decision is made by the Editorial Board. In conflict situations the decision is made by the Editor-in-Chief.
  8. After the positive decision on publication has been made the Editorial Board, it informs the authors thereof and specifies the due dates of publication.
  9. The originals of the reviews are stored in the journal’s editorial archive for a period of no less than five years.
  10. The reviews on manuscripts are not subject for open access and are used only for the journal’s Editorial Board document processing and for communication with the authors. The copies of the reviews may be submitted to the Higher Attestation Committee of the Russian Federation on their due requests.

 

 

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.