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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

Guidelines for Manuscript Submission

  1. Submit manuscripts by e-mail or hardcopy to either General Editor at:
    Michael W. Babcock
    Co-General Editor, JTRF
    Department of Economics
    Kansas State University
    Manhattan, KS 66506
    Phone: (785)532-4571
    Fax: (785)532-6919
    Kofi Obeng
    Co-General Editor, JTRF
    Department of Economics and Transportation/Logistics
    School of Business and Economics
    North Carolina A&T University
    Greensboro, NC 27411
    Phone: (336)334-7231
    Fax: (336)334-7093
  2. E-mail submissions must be in Microsoft Word.
  3. Final manuscript and abstract (hard or e-mail copy) must be received as soon as possible.
  4. The text of manuscripts is to be double-spaced. Use one side of each page only. Articles are limited to a maximum length of 30 pages; industry issue papers and comments are limited to a maximum of 15 pages.
  5. The manuscript should have a title page which includes the names, affiliations, address (mailing and e-mail) and phone numbers of all authors. Brief biographical sketches for all authors should be included with the manuscript.
  6. The abstract should briefly describe the contents, procedures and results of the manuscript, not its motivation, and should not exceed 100 words.
  7. Endnotes are to be used rather than footnotes, used sparingly and placed at the end of the manuscript. Do NOT use the endnote feature of the word processing software.
  8. The Chicago Manual of Style is to be used for endnotes and references. At the end of the manuscript, complete references are listed alphabetically (not by number) by author surname, government agency, or association name. Use the following as examples.
    • Book:
      Jones, Robert T. Improving Airline Transportation. General Publishing Company, Washington, D.C., 2002.
    • Chapter in a Book:
      Bresnahan, T.F. "Empirical Studies of Industries with Market Power." R. Schmalensee and R. Williq eds. Handbook of Industrial Organization. Amsterdam: North Holland (1989): 1011-1057.
    • Journal Article:
      Kane, Louis R. "Grain Transport Rate Projections." Transportation Journal 2, (1999): 20-40.
    • Journal Article with Multiple Authors:
      Chow, G., R. Gritta, and E. Leung. "A Multiple Discriminant Analysis Approach to Gauging Air Carrier Bankruptcy Propensities: The AIRSCORE Model." Journal of the Transportation Research Forum 31 (2), (1991): 371-377.
    • Ph.D Dissertation:
      Jessup, E.L. "Transportation Optimization Marketing for Commodity Flow, Private Shipper Costs, and Highway Infrastructure, Impact Analysis." Dissertation (Ph.D). Washington State University, 1998.
    • Government Document:
      US Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations, Investigations of Mexican Affairs. 2 vols. 66th Cong., 2nd session, 1919-20.
  9. Tables, figures, graphs and charts should be titled and number by an Arabic numeral (e.g., Figure 2).
  10. Headings should adhere to the following style. Place the abstract below the title of the manuscript. First level headings should be all caps, left adjusted. Second level headings should be initial caps, left justified. Third level headings should be initial caps on the same line as the first paragraph which it heads. Do not number the headings.
  11. The word processing software used in compiling the journal is "Microsoft Word"; so please submit your final copy in "Microsoft Word"; no other word processing software is acceptable.
  12. For proper preparation of all charts, figures, and maps call Beverly Trittin at (701)231-7137 prior to submitting the final version of your paper.

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