FAQ

Why should I publish in the Traffic Safety Research (TSR) journal?

The interests and values declared by the TSR journal and its Editorial Team are shared by many traffic safety reserchers worldwide. We have received encouragements to keep on with the journal on numerous occasions and from very prominent researchers, which is a clear indication that a new—and different—publication platform is needed. However, the TSR will not 'fly' unless the research community supports it during the first years of existance.

We are perfectly aware of the pressure on publishing in 'highly-ranked journals' experienced at many research institutions—good or bad, this is the reality we live in. However, by submitting one good paper during the coming three years you will help the TSR to pass through the initial 'turbulence' and enter the list of prominent and well-accepted journals.

See this submission as a future investment but also as your contribution for setting up something good for the entire traffic safety community. From our side, we can assure you that we will always aim at high-quality content (rather than quantity) and you will never feel ashamed of the 'company' that surrounds your paper.

Do articles have DOI links?

Yes, all published articles are registered with Crossref and receive a permanent DOI address. Crossref Cited-By service provides also statistics on how often your publication with the TSR journal has been cited.

Is the TSR journal indexed?

Most indexing services require some history of publication (usually, two–three years) before a journal is accepted for indexing. As soon as the TSR has fulfilled the formal requirements of individual databases, we apply for being indexed (the latest list can be found here). The good news is that all papers already published will be retrospectively indexed, too.

Is the TSR journal searchable in Web of Science, Google Scholar and other scientific literature search tools?

'Searchability' of papers is closely connected to the indexing. Put it simple, it will be much easier for other reserachers to find your paper after the journal is indexed. However, we aim at making agreements with individual databases specifically related to transportation about inclusion of the journal in their search results.

Google Scholar reminds a regular Internet search engine, therefore a new paper becomes visible within three weeks after the publication.

What are the costs of publishing/reading the TSR journal?

The TSR journal adheres to Platinum Open-Access model, meaning that both reading and publishing the materials is free-of-charge. Read more about how the TSR applies Open Access and deals with Copyrights here.

Is the TSR journal integrated with ORCID?

Yes, the journal is fully integrated with ORCID. You can connect your ORCID iD during the registration with the journal, when submitting a paper or at any other time. When your paper is published, it automatically becomes visible in your ORCID record.

Read more about ORCID at the TSR journal here.

Is the TSR integrated with Publons?

Currently, no. There is a technical possibility to activate integration with Publons so that users with active Publons accounts can get their reviews registered automatically. This is a paid service for the journal and the fee size is currently out of proportion to the number of publications and reviews that we process.

We are investigating the interest for activating this feature, if you find it to be important—let us know at tsr.international@ictct.net.

'Accidents' or 'Crashes'?

The TSR journal allows for both terms and does not encourage comments on the terminology choice during the review process.

Respecting the arguments from both sides, we consider this discussion to be blown up out of proportion, distracting safety professionals from their real and most important work—saving lives. Accidents—or crashes—are random unforseen events, otherwise we would not need statistical tools to study them. Knowing that, we do not leave it there, but actively and systematically study and steer the underlying risk factors in order to descrease the probability of the accident/crash occurence.