Asian Transport Studies
The official journal of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS)
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Volume 5 (2018-2019)
Volume 4 (2016-2017)
Volume 3 (2014-2015)
Volume 2 (2012-2013)
Volume 1 (2010-2011)
Publication Policy

Ethics in Publishing Papers in ATS

ATS is a peer-reviewed international journal, which is edited by an editorial team headed by the editor-in-chief. The editor-in-chief of ATS should take a responsibility with supports from other editorial members, to publish high-quality academic papers under visions and strategies of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies (EASTS). The editor-in-chief believes that all relevant parties and individuals regarding the publishing ATS understand fully and follow the standard ethics in academic publication. They include the fundamental requirements which should be satisfied by any paper published in ATS as: (1) It reflects the authors°« own research achievements in a trustable and truthful manner, (2) It is described in an objective way, (3) Its contents and descriptions are well-elaborated, (4) It is the authors°« own original work, which has not been previously published elsewhere, and (5) It is not submitted to another journal for consideration. The editorial team should manage a system to ensure that the manuscript submitted to ATS is confidential under review process and that the identities of peer reviewers are surely protected. The decisions on which articles are published should be made independently solely based on their quality and appropriateness for readers. The editor-in-chief should make necessary actions against the misconducts made by the authors, reviewers, editorial team or some other parties if they are necessary. The editorial team should also respond promptly to complaints if they are presented. Although this statement does not explicitly describe the details of ethical rules, it does not mean that the editorial team neglects them. They may include the issues relating research methods and/or research funding such as informed consent in experiments, conflicts of interest, and sources of funding. Relevant conflicts of interest should be disclosed while readers should be informed about who funded the research and their roles in their research. The editor-in-chief should follow the standard guideline of journal publication such as Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): for more details, although ATS is not a member of COPE. Last revised: January 3, 2017