Call for Presentation Proposals (Abstracts)

The Transportation Research Forum (TRF) presents the best of current research and practice in transportation, emphasizing innovation and quantified experience. For our 64th annual forum, join transportation researchers, practitioners, and students from all over the globe at DePaul University in downtown Chicago, Illinois. The TRF conference provides academics, practitioners, and students the forum to present the best of current research, innovations, and trends in the transportation field.

The Submission Process. If you are interested in making a presentation, please submit a presentation proposal, or “abstract,” on our Abstract Submission Portal.  This submission portal can be found as a drop-down on the Abstract & Paper Submission tab.  Choose the option based on whether you prefer a lectern or poster presentation and whether you are a student or not a student.  The deadline for submissions and the criteria used to select proposals for presentations are also listed below.   

After Acceptance.   All those submitting abstracts will be notified by email about whether their abstract is accepted for presentation in accordance with the schedule below.  If accepted, we will ask that you submit a paper (for lectern sessions) or poster (for poster sessions) several weeks before the conference, also following the schedule below.  We are flexible with the definition of “papers”, but we do need something so that the assigned discussants for your session can do their work.  Papers and posters received by the deadline will also be entered for prize consideration and posted in a private version of the program that is only accessible to registered attendees. 

Other Considerations.  If you are doubtful whether you will be able to complete even a short paper (generally at a minimum of 10 pages in double-spaced format, generally including an exhibit or two) that describes methods, data used, and findings by the posted deadline, we recommend you apply instead for a poster presentation.   This will allow you to summarize your work in a more flexible format and give you a later submission deadline. TRF generally shies away from accepting abstracts that lack an analytical or research focus.

If you would like to be considered for a presentation without providing either a paper or poster, please contact us prior to your submission.  Submitting a substantial and referenced paper increases your chances of being eligible for an award and receiving high-quality feedback.  If you have questions email Allison Woodward at trf-chicago@depaul.edu.

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

Abstracts typically range between 350 and 1,250 words.

Paper/Poster Submission Deadlines:

Type of Submission

Abstract Submission Due:
27 January 2023
(see note on early-bird submissions through December 3, 2022)

Abstract Submission Due:
27 January 2023
(see note on early-bird submissions through December 3, 2022)

Abstract Submission Due:
27 January 2023
(see note on early-bird submissions through December 3, 2022)

Abstract Submission Due: 
12 March 2023

Acceptance Notification:
12 February  2023

(Submissions may be chosen for a poster session.)

Acceptance Notification:
12 February 2023

Acceptance Notification:
12 February 2023

(Submissions may be chosen for a poster session.)

Acceptance Notification:
19 March 2023

Full Paper Due:
19 March 2023

We assign discussants to all podium presentations.  So that the discussants can prepare we need your “papers” by this date.  We are flexible with the definition of “papers” but we do need something so that discussants can do their work.  We intend to post papers in a private version of the program that is only accessible to registered attendees.  Papers received by this date will also be entered for prize consideration.”

Full PPT/pdf of Poster Due:
9 April 2023

Full Paper Due:
19 March 2023

Full PPT/pdf of Poster Due:
14 April 2023

Author Registration Deadline:
19 March 2023

Author Registration Deadline:
19 March 2023

Author Registration Deadline:
19 March 2023

Author Registration:
19 March 2023

Early Bird Submission:   Those submitting abstracts by the “early bird” deadline of December 3, 2022, will receive notification whether their abstract was accepted for presentation within three weeks of submission.   Please submit abstract eligible for “early-bird” consideration using the regular abstract portal for papers and posters.  

Flexibility about Papers Submitted: We assign discussants to all podium presentations.  So that the discussants can prepare we need your papers by this date.  We are flexible with the definition of “papers,” but we need something so that discussants can do their work.  We intend to post papers in a private version of the program that is only accessible to registered attendees.  Papers received by the deadline will also be entered for prize consideration.

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 recommended. We are flexible with the definition of “papers,” but we need something so that discussants can do their work.  We intend to post papers in a private version of the program that is only accessible to registered attendees.  Papers received by this date will also be entered for prize consideration.
  • 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.
 

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.

Themed Sessions:

TRF welcomes proposals for themed sessions from any individual or organization as part of the regular paper submission process. Session proposals are limited to one per organization. Organizations that sponsor the Annual Forum at any level may submit a proposal for a themed session.  Organizations that host a session, which typically has three or four speakers, will be acknowledged at the session, can choose a general theme for the session (e.g., agricultural transportation or air transportation), and will have representation on the committee that chooses papers and any paper awards for the session.  However, to preserve the academic integrity of our organization and its Annual Forum, all final decisions on papers and awards will be made by a representative of TRF.

Post Conference Publication and Indexing

TRF does not publish conference proceedings.  Papers and posters submitted by accepted presenters will be made available to conference participants on a private conference website. 

Authors are invited to submit their papers for inclusion and publication in the Journal of the Transportation Research Forum, which is published as part of Research in Transportation Economics (RETREC), an Elsevier journal.  Manuscripts that are being 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: 14 October 2022
  • Author Registration Deadline: 19 March 2023
  • Conference Dates: 27-28 April 2023