WCTRS and Elsevier Transportation Book Series


The WCTRS has been a publishing partner with Elsevier’s Transportation journal program since 1995, with Elsevier publishing the Society’s official journals “Transport Policy” and “Case Studies on Transport Policy” as well as many other publications arising from WCTR conferences over the years.

About the Series:

The series is a co-branded Transportation partnership book Series between WCTRS and Elsevier. The Series will publish books that focus on the latest research in emerging issues and opportunities in transportation planning, engineering, policy, management, economics and sustainability. Books will take multidisciplinary, multimodal and multisectoral approaches to the topics, leading the way in bridging the gap between transportation research and practice.

Book Types:

The Series will publish edited collections, sole authored or co-authored books by WCTRS members and SIG members. The books can for example be derived from SIG seminars held between WCTRS conferences.

Proposal Assessment, Review, and Decision-Making Process:

WCTRS will stimulate the submission of book proposals of the highest professional standard and will provide proposals to the Elsevier prospective authors and editors. WCTRS has established an Editorial Board to oversee the scientific quality of all proposed Books. Completed book proposals are to be sent to WCTRS for review and approval. Book proposals must be submitted by TAMs, STOs or SIG chairs, so any authors interested should first contact the relevant individual. Proposals must be submitted according to Elsevier’s guidelines which can be found in the Members’ Area. Elsevier will work with and advise any prospective authors or editors from WCTRS’s membership, and assess for publication any book proposals generated by WCTRS. Assuming reviews are supportive, Elsevier offers to publish the work at its expense. Once approved by WCTRS, the proposal is routed to Elsevier, who considers the book’s fit with their Transportation program. Once Elsevier has approved the proposal, Elsevier will enter into an agreement directly with the author/editor. Once the book proposal is submitted, the review and acceptance period is ~ 1 month.

The Book Proposal Guidelines can be found in the WCTRS Member Area.

Production and Distribution:

Once the book proposal is approved, Elsevier will manage the writing and development of the manuscript. Elsevier is responsible for all costs of production and distribution of the Books and all aspects of promotion, production and distribution of the Books, including title, pricing, and advertising of the books, and cover design. The cover will state the publication is a joint effort between WCTRS and Elsevier. Books will be published in print and electronic formats. Once the manuscript is completed, Elsevier will publish the book within 6 months. Elsevier will be responsible for fulfillment of all orders sold directly by Elsevier, and books will be hosted on Elsevier’s ScienceDirect. All books will be indexed in Scopus.


All books marketed globally by Elsevier. WCTRS will list the Books on its website and provide a link from its website to the Series, and send information on new Books to WCTRS’s membership list. Elsevier will work with WCTRS on marketing individual Books to WCTRS’s membership and networks, and generally taking advantage of the opportunities arising from the co-publication arrangement of the two organisations.


Elsevier will pay the individual lead author of each title a net royalty of 10% on sales of each title. Elsevier will also pay WCTRS a net royalty of 5% on sales of each title. Elsevier will give each lead author of each Book 3 print copies and 1 electronic copy of each Book, free of charge, and 1 electronic copy of each Book free of charge to each Contributor of each Book, for personal use and not for resale.


Proposals should be submitted to the chair of the Editorial Board, Füsun Ülengin at fulengin@sabanciuniv.edu.  WCTRS’s contact at Elsevier is Brian Romer, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Transportation-Books, at b.romer@elsevier.com.