World Transport Policy & Practice Special Edition:
A Future Beyond the Car?

Article composition

This special edition is planned to be published early in 2012.  The deadline for submission of articles will be August 30th.  A broad article by Guest Editor Steve Melia will set the scene for up to half a dozen articles of 2,000 to 5,000 words around the following indicative themes:

·         Good practice in removal of cars/traffic from urban areas

·         Experience of new practices or technologies which offer the potential to replace private motor traffic in the longer-term

·         Alternatives to increasing motorisation in developing or newly-industrialised countries

·         Research into carfree lifestyles in developed countries

·         The challenges and limitations of ‘solving the problem’ through alternative fuels and new car technology

In line with the overall aims of the journal, we are looking for evidence-based articles which will be of use to policymakers, campaigners and/or transport professionals.  The articles should be about a specific aspect of ‘the big picture’, so for example, an article about experience of freight delivery in carfree or pedestrian areas would be appropriate, whereas a study of a specific change designed to increase efficiency of deliveries in a pedestrian area, would not.

Submitting articles

1. By e-mail

Articles or queries about potential articles should be emailed to the Guest Editor at the address at the bottom of this page. Files should be compatible with Microsoft Word 2007 (i.e. I should be able to open it with Word 2007 on a PC, however it was created).  If you have a problem with this, please let me know.


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

Steve Melia
Centre for Transport & Society
University of the West of England
Coldharbour Lane
Bristol BS16 1QY

0117 3283267

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