ATS is a refereed journal. It is published biannually; one volume consists of four issues, in which two issues are published every year. Issues 1 and 2 are published in March and September of the first year, respectively, which include selected papers from the EASTS conference. The EASTS conference is held every two years. Issues 3 and 4 are published in March and September of the second year, respectively, which include general papers. The general papers are submitted from any authors from all over the world.
Papers submitted to ATS are refereed with the following review criteria:
1.Contribution to Asia: The study contributes to the state-of-the-art or practice, especially in the context of Asia and neighboring regions.
2.Objectives: The study objectives are clear and appropriate.
3.Methodology: The methodology is technically sound.
4.Data: Data is valid.
5.Literature review: Existing studies are sufficiently reviewed.
6.Study efforts: Study efforts are adequately described.
7.Validity of conclusions: Conclusions are valid, and properly supported.
8.Timeliness: The study is timely to practitioners, researchers, or both.
9.Usefulness: The study is useful to practitioners, researchers, or both.
10.Well written and easily understood: The paper is well written, organized, and easily understood, where figures and tables are clearly made.
Papers in Issues 1 and 2 of each volume, which are selected from academic papers submitted to the EASTS Conference, are also reviewed using the same criteria as above ones.
Asian Transport Studies (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): http://publicationethics.org/files/Code%20of%20Conduct_2.pdf) for more details, although ATS is not a member of COPE. Last revised: January 3, 2017