WTPP Notes for Contributors

Contributions to World Transport Policy & Practice are welcome. Whether you are a novice author or an experienced one, the Editor would like to invite you to consider sharing your thoughts and experiences with others like yourself. We can promise a considered and constructive review of your article and, for contributions deemed suitable, publication in World Transport Policy & Practice.

Read through the following guidelines and feel free to contact John Whitelegg, the Editor, who will be pleased to offer comments on drafts, work in progress, or ideas which could be made into an article.

Editorial objectives

The journal aims to provide validated information about the latest developments in transport policy to enable local authorities, governments, consultancies, NGOs and supra-national organisations to speed up their policy development and implement new ideas from around the world. It will:

  • cover all passenger and freight transport
  • deal with global as well as local issues
  • include the development of the ideas of sustainability, the design of cities and rural areas, transport corridors and international links to improve health, the economy and the environment.

Article composition

Articles should normally be between 2,000 and 4,000 words. Shorter articles can be published as 'Comment' pieces. Responses to papers which have appeared in the journal, either as letters to the Editor or as response articles, will be welcomed.

Submitting articles

1. By e-mail

Articles for publication may be submitted by e-mail attachment to John Whitelegg. It is useful if authors indicate what software is required to read any attachments and if they include the letter combination 'zq' in the title. Please DO NOT name articles 'whitelegg', 'wtpp' or variations of these. Authors are advised that they may need to provide a version on paper and/or on 3.5" disk prepared on an Apple Macintosh or PC system.

2. On paper

Three copies of articles, typescript and double spaced with wide margins are needed. Manuscripts will not normally be returned, so you should ensure you retain a copy. Provide the article on paper of no less than 80 gsm weight with high quality print. This will enable electronic scanning if needed. Please supply the same version of the article on a 3.5" disk prepared on a Macintosh or PC system in ASCII format. Mark the disk clearly with your name, the article title and the software you have used. Where there is ambiguity, the disk version will normally be considered definitive.


Headings and subheadings should be used at approximately 500-750 word intervals. Ensure that headings and subheadings are clearly identified.

Charts, diagrams & figures

These should be called 'Figures' and numbered consecutively (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2, etc). Make sure they are clear and can be reproduced easily. In addition, provide the raw data so that we can redraw them, if necessary.

Indicate where in the text they should appear '(Figure 1 about here)'. Each figure should have a brief title (e.g. 'Figure 1. Schematic of the Programme').


Tables should be numbered consecutively, independently of figures. Indicate in the text where they should appear. Give them a brief title. Ensure that they are clear and legible. Authors should not use many tabs or spaces between columns of data; normally, one tab is sufficient.


Maps are especially welcome as 'tiff', 'pict' or 'jpeg'. They should be numbered consecutively, independently of figures and tables and their location in the text should be indicated. Ensure that they are clear, uncluttered and legible. They should have a title.


SI units should be used throughout.

Abstracts & Keywords

Write an abstract of 75 words or so which summarises the main points of the article. It should be sufficient for a reader to decide whether or not they want to read the whole article. Also note up to six keywords which describe the content of the article. These could include geographical area, if specific, industry, functions, managerial activity and process.


Authors should keep references to a minimum, ideally no more that ten to fifteen. References should be confined to essential items only and those that are necessary to establish key steps in an argument or key areas of support for a particular proposition.

Reference citations within the text should be by the author's last name, followed by a comma and year of publication enclosed in parentheses. A reference list should follow the article, with references listed in alphabetical order in the following form:

Books: Surname, Initials (Year of Publication) Title Place of Publication, Publisher.

Articles: Surname, Initials (Year of Publication) 'Title' Journal Volume, Number, Pages.


The author should indicate if a paper has been presented elsewhere. If the author does not do so, the Editor will assume that the paper is an original contribution. Papers appearing in World Transport Policy & Practice should not be published elsewhere without the written consent of the Publisher of the journal.


Authors submitting articles for publication must warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright. Papers and contributions published become the legal copyright of the publisher, unless otherwise agreed.

Contact details

World Transport Policy & Practice, Eco-Logica Ltd., 53 Derwent Road, LANCASTER, LA1 3ES. U.K.

Telephone: +44 1524 63175

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Editor: Professor John Whitelegg

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