Guidelines for Academic, Practitioner & Graduate Student Papers


  • Abstracts submitted should be 350 – 1200 words. Many submissions are three or four paragraphs long. 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.


  • 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.

Usage of Large Language Models/Generative AI in Papers

Authors: If you are considering using a large language model [(LLM), e.g. ChatGPT] or Generative AI to help prepare your manuscript for submission to the Transportation Research Forum (TRF) , you must comply with the following statements.


  1. Clearly indicate the use of language models in the manuscript, including which model was used and for what purpose. Please use the methods or acknowledgements section, as appropriate.
  2. Verify the accuracy, validity, and appropriateness of the content and any citations generated by language models and correct any errors or inconsistencies.
  3. Provide a list of sources used to generate content and citations, including those generated by language models. Double-check citations to ensure they are accurate and properly referenced.
  4. Be conscious of the potential for plagiarism where the LLM may have reproduced substantial text from other sources. Check the original sources to be sure you are not plagiarizing someone else’s work.
  5. Acknowledge the limitations of language models in the manuscript, including the potential for bias, errors, and gaps in knowledge.


Please note that AI bots such as ChatGPT should not be listed as an author on your submission.