Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board is one of the most cited and prolific transportation journals in the world, offering unparalleled depth and breadth in the coverage of transportation-related topics. The TRR publishes approximately 70 issues annually of outstanding, peer-reviewed papers presenting research findings in policy, planning, administration, economics and financing, operations, construction, design, maintenance, safety, and more, for all modes of transportation. This site provides electronic access to a full compilation of papers since the 1996 series.
For more than 50 years, the Transportation Research Record has been internationally recognized as one of the preeminent peer-reviewed journals for transportation research papers from authors in the United States and from around the world. One of the most cited transportation journals, the TRR offers unparalleled depth and breadth in the coverage of transportation topics from both academic and practitioner perspectives. All modes of passenger and freight transportation are addressed in papers covering a wide array of disciplines, including policy, planning, administration, economics and financing, operations, construction, design, maintenance, safety, and more. The ideal TRR contribution clearly advances knowledge in its area of expertise, explicitly draws out the practical implications of the paper’s results, whether for immediate or longer-term application, and is well written with an engaging style.
Transportation Research Record reviews articles in tandem with submissions to the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting. The journal’s submission site is available from June 14–August 1 annually. Important submission dates are outlined below and a full submission guide is available here.
June 14: TRB paper submission website opens.
August 1: This is the hard deadline for submitting complete papers for possible presentation at the next Annual Meeting and for possible publication in the next Transportation Research Record journal series. Papers must be in PDF format.
Mid-August–mid-September: Initial review takes place. Papers are assigned by technical content to technical standing committees that administer the peer review. The committee paper review coordinator assigns at least three knowledgeable reviewers to each paper.
Early October: Committees make decisions about which papers to accept for presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting. Committees make preliminary recommendations regarding publication of papers in the TRR, placing each paper in one of the following categories:
1. Publish as submitted or with minor revisions with no re-review.
2. Reconsider for publication, pending author changes and re-review; or
3. Reject for publication.
Mid-October: TRB communicates the results of both the presentation decisions and the initial review for publication to the corresponding author. Corresponding authors communicate the information to coauthors.
November 15: This is the due date for all revised papers (or extended abstracts) that have been accepted for presentation at the Annual Meeting and for all papers submitted for publication which have not been rejected in the initial review. Specifically, November 15 is:
Category 1. Deadline for submission of revised papers (or extended abstracts) approved for presentation at the TRB Annual Meeting.
Category 2. Deadline for submission of revised papers recommended for re-review before a final decision is made about publication in the Transportation Research Record.
Category 3. Deadline for submission of final manuscripts of papers accepted for publication without revision; these papers will immediately enter editorial production for publication in the Transportation Research Record.
Late November–late January: The committee paper review coordinator sends the Category 2 revised papers to the initial reviewers for re-review. After re-review, the committee makes the final publication recommendation for these papers.
Early February: TRB requests a final manuscript for the Category 2 revised papers that have been accepted for publication.
March 15: Final manuscripts for Category 2 papers accepted for publication must be submitted. TRB also notifies authors whose papers were not accepted for publication.