Abstract & Paper Submission

The Transportation Research Forum (TRF) presents the best of current research and practice in transportation, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience. The TRF Annual Conference is the foremost international gathering of academic researchers, practitioners, graduate students, top research think tanks and industry technology developers.

For our 62nd annual forum, join transportation researchers, practitioners and students from all over the globe at the University of Missouri-St. Louis located in St. Louis, Missouri, a historic city that has played a critical role in the national and global transportation industry for over 300 years! 

The TRF conference provides academics, practitioners, and students the forum to present the best of current research, innovations and trends in the transportation field. Suggested topic areas include air, rail, maritime, road transportation, agricultural and other supply chain issues, issues related to transportation policies, empirical transportation research, safety, blockchain and technology implications for transportation and disaster relief such as transportation during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

We invite academics, students, and practitioners to submit their papers and posters in accordance with the schedule below.

Paper/Poster Submission Deadlines:

Type of Submission

Abstract Submission Due:
13 November 2020

Abstract Submission Due:
13 November 2020

Abstract Submission Due:
19 February 2021

Abstract Submission Due: 
19 February 2021

Acceptance Notification:
18 December 2020

(Submissions may be chosen for a poster session.)

Acceptance Notification:
18 December 2020

(Submissions may be chosen for a full paper and podium session.)

Acceptance Notification:
5 March 2021

(Submissions may be chosen for a poster session.)

Acceptance Notification:
5 March 2021

Full Paper Due:
10 February 2021

Accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. docx/doc file formats are accepted.

Full PPT/pdf of Poster Due:
10 February 2021

Full Paper Due:
26 March 2021

Full PPT/pdf of Poster Due:
26 March 2021

Author Registration Deadline:
15 January 2021

Author Registration Deadline:
15 January 2021

Author Registration Deadline:
2 April 2021

Author Registration:
2 April 2021

General Expectations of All Submissions

  • Original: explores a new idea, project or issue; discusses existing research with promise of new insight, discusses new research; or presents new ways of considering existing information
  • Engaging: has high potential to attract conference attendees by addressing the needs of the transportation researchers and practitioners  
  • Significant: raises and discusses issues important the transportation sector
  • Quality: provides data and literature support for arguments and conclusions

Academic and Practitioner Papers:

Instructions:

  • Abstracts submitted should be no more than 500 words; 3-5 keywords should be provided along with the abstract. 
  • Content must be original and relevant to TRF.
  • Please ensure all articles are proofread and checked for accuracy prior to submission.


Format:

  • Full papers must be in English of up to 20 pages in APA format.
  • Authors are required to ensure accuracy of quotations, citations, diagrams, maps, and tables. 
  • Figures and tables need to be placed where they are to appear in the text and must be clear and easy to view. 
  • All papers will require a podium presentation. Podium presentations will require authors to have their presentation in the PowerPoint or pdf format (preferably in a USB drive). Presentations will last 30 minutes, including time for Q&A. 


Review Criteria: 

  • The acceptance decisions will take into account the originality, importance, and relevance of the topic to transportation and the clarity of the writing.

Graduate Student Papers

The content and formatting requirements and review criteria from above apply. 

Academic and Practitioner Posters:

Instructions:

  • A 150 word abstract of the poster topic should be submitted; 3-5 keywords should be provided along with the abstract. 
  • Content must be original and relevant to TRF.
  • Please ensure all articles are proofread and checked for accuracy prior to submission.


Format:

  • A 3’ x 5’ standard poster board is recommended. Easel will be provided for displaying the poster.  Because of space limitations, your poster display should not be more than 5 feet wide.
  • The PPT/pdf submission should represent the fit for the above dimensions.
  • If your poster describes a collaborative project, other contributors should be listed as co-authors on your poster.
  • Presenters should be at their poster for the duration of the session to explain and answer questions from attendees.
  • The poster should be as self-explanatory as possible. When someone visits a poster, you should offer to walk them through the poster and explain your research. But in some cases, the visitor will simply read the poster without your input. Be sure to number
    pages or use other indicators to guide the reader from one section to another.

Graduate Student Posters

The content and formatting requirements and review criteria from above apply. 

Themed Sessions:

The Transportation Research Forum welcomes themed session proposals from any individual or organization as part of the regular paper submission process. Session proposals are limited to one per organization. Hosted sessions are available to organizations that sponsor the Annual Forum at any level.  Organizations that host a session at the Annual Forum will be acknowledged at the session, have the ability to choose a general theme for the session (e.g. Agricultural Transportation or Passenger Air Transportation), and they will have representation on the committee that chooses papers and any paper awards for the session.  However, to preserve the academic integrity of the Transportation Research Forum and its Annual Forum, all final decisions on papers and awards will be made by a representative of the Transportation Research Forum.

Post Conference Publication and Indexing

TRF 2021 proceedings will be published on the TRF website, https://trforum.org.  Authors are invited to submit their papers for inclusion and publication in the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum included in RETREC, published by Elsevier.  Manuscripts to be considered for publication in the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum should be submitted at https://trforum.org/journal-of-the-trf/jtrfsubmissions.

Important Conference Dates:

  • Registration Open: 4 September 2020
  • Author Registration Deadline: 15 January 2021
  • Early Registration Deadline: 26 February 2021
  • Pre-conference Registration Closes: 2 April 2021 
  • Student Authors Registration Deadline: 2 April 2021
  • Conference Dates: 8-10 April 2021