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From Editor-in-Chief

High-speed rails (HSR) are playing an important role in the transportation systems across the world. In Japan, the Shinkansens carry more than 250 million passengers each year. In Europe, the trans-European high-speed rail network is in operation. At the beginning of 2011, U.S. President has called for a six-year, $53 billion budget for HSR. Nowadays, China has built the world’s largest HSR network of over 4 600 miles.

Although it has been nearly half a century since the first high-speed train was inaugurated, HSR is still assimilating the most advanced technologies in energy, communications, materials, etc. To cover all technological aspects of the HSR system, the first National Rail Transportation Laboratory in China is being constructed at the Southwest Jiaotong University. There is, thus, an unprecedented opportunity to revive this long-history university noted for its contribution to the China’s railway progress since the early 1900s, and to launch this academic periodical, Journal of Modern Transportation.

HSR network is still growing at a very fast pace. Predictably, more and more issues will emerge and then be solved by interdisciplinary cooperation. Journal of Modern Transportation aims to provide a platform for researchers to publish their results and viewpoints concerning the transportation systems, not limited to HSR, but covering a wide range of topics, such as magnetic suspension and evacuated tube transportation, highway and traffic engineering, air transportation, urban transportation, intelligent transportation systems and information technology, and interdisciplinary transportation research in applied physics, mechanics, environmental science and engineering, economics, materials science and engineering, etc.

Wish JMT, as its name connotes, to be soundly based at present and well prepared for the future!



Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Modern Transportation,

Director of Superconductivity and New Energy R&D Center,

Southwest Jiaotong University  

About Journal

Journal of Modern Transportation (JMT) is a fully peer-reviewed international open-access journal co-published by Springer and Southwest Jiaotong University under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribute License. All articles published by JMT undergo initial editor screening, then a rigorous peer review and a final judgment by editorial committee.

Aims and scope


Ø  Covers theoretical and technical achievements in modern transportation systems, with focus on rail transit systems especially high-speed railways, superconductivity and magnetic levitation technologies, and interdisciplinary research of various traffic systems.

Ø  Presents an attractive mix of authoritative and comprehensive reviews, original articles on cutting-edge research and brief communications

Ø  Offers rapid review and publication of articles

The Journal of Modern Transportation (JMT) is a peer-reviewed open access journal published under the SpringerOpen brand. It provides a platform for scholars to publish their works in the general area of transportation, concerned with analysis, planning, design, operations, technologies, and economics of modern transportation and traffic systems with focus on high-speed railway technological and theoretical achievements across the world. Specific topics cover

• rail transit systems
• rolling stock design theory and structural reliability
• vehicle-track coupling system dynamics, simulation and control
• wheel-rail contact mechanics and wear
• new detecting and experimental technologies of high-speed railway system
• traction power supply, transmission and control
• rail transit electrification and automation technologies
• high-speed railway route selection
• superconductivity and levitation technology
• magnetic suspension and evacuated tube transport
• transportation infrastructure systems
• roads, bridges, tunnels, and underground engineering
• subgrade and pavement maintenance and performance
• light rail transit and metro technologies
• urban transit systems
• traffic information engineering & control
• intelligent transportation system (ITS) and information technology
• environmental impacts of transportation
• pedestrian studies
• traffic flow theory
• traffic planning, control and management
• traffic and transport safety
• traffic polices and economics
• interdisciplinary transportation research
• other topics of interest

JMT mainly publishes original articles, invited reviews, case reports, short communications, and scientific letters within the journal’s scope. Case studies are published only if they contain some original theoretical content. Papers submitted for publication in JMT should not have been published in their present or any essentially similar form.


Abstracting and indexing information

This journal is indexed and abstracted by  ESCI, SCOPUS, TRID, DOAJ, Google Scholar, OCLC, INSPEC, SCImago,
ICONDA, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Summon by ProQuest, etc. It is disseminated mainly by SpringerLink (, and also included in Chinese Journal Full-text Database (CJFD) of CNKI, Wanfang Data, Chongqing VIP Information Database, Taiwan Electronic Periodical Services (TEPS), etc.

Full text of all papers published in the journal can be freely downloaded in the PDF format at  and

Readership and authorship

Scholars in academia and graduates in university involved in traffic and transportation engineering, engineers and managers engaged in transportation planning in government, and others interested in JMT.

Contributions and subscriptions from all over the world are welcome.

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

Journal of Modern Transportation is committed to objective and fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted works and to prevent any actual or potential conflict of interests between the editors and reviewers and the reviewed material. Any deviations from the above-defined rules should be reported directly to the Editors-in-Chief, who is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The Editor-in-Chief, the members of the Editorial Board, and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the authors of the manuscript, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate. All authors submitting their works to the Journal of Modern Transportation for publication should ensure that they have written original articles and have not copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works. The authors acknowledge that they have disclosed all and any actual or potential conflicts.

Plagiarism detection

Journal of Modern Transportation's publisher, SpringerOpen, is a member of the CrossCheck plagiarism detection initiative. In cases of suspected plagiarism CrossCheck is available to the editors of Journal of Modern Transportation to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts by using the plagiarism detection tool iThenticate. CrossCheck is a multi-publisher initiative allowing screening of published and submitted content for originality.

Editorial policies

Any manuscript, or substantial parts of it, submitted to the journal must not be under consideration by any other journal. In general, the manuscript should not have already been published in any journal or other citable form, although it may have been deposited on a preprint server. Authors are required to ensure that no material submitted as part of a manuscript infringes existing copyrights, or the rights of a third party.

Article-processing charges

The publication costs for Journal of Modern Transportation are covered by Southwest Jiaotong University, so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.

Why publish your article in Journal of Modern Transportation?

High visibility

Journal of Modern Transportation's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.

Speed of publication

Journal of Modern Transportation  offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Journal of Modern Transportation and SpringerOpen.


Online publication in Journal of Modern Transportation gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example to relevant databases and papers).


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