The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine (ITSM) publishes peer-reviewed articles that provide innovative research ideas and application results, report significant application case studies, and raise awareness of pressing research and application challenges in all areas of intelligent transportation systems. In contrast to the highly academic publication of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems, the ITS Magazine focuses on providing needed information to all members of IEEE ITS society, serving as a dissemination vehicle for ITS Society members and the others to learn the state-of-the-art development and progress on ITS research and applications. High quality tutorials, surveys, successful implementations, technology reviews, lessons learned, policy and societal impacts, and ITS educational issues are published as well. ITS Magazine also serves as an ideal media communication vehicle between the governing body of ITS society and its membership and promotes ITS community development and growth.


The Magazine addresses a range of ITS focused topics including:

  • Road, Rail, Air, and Water Transportation Systems
  • Integration of Multi-modal Transportation Systems
  • Transportation Systems Data Mining
  • Sensor Data Processing, Analysis and Visualization
  • Infrastructure Sensors and On-board Vehicle Sensors
  • Communication (V2V, V2I)
  • Social, Economic, and Environmental impact
  • Field Trials & Results Validation Reports
  • Control (Traffic and Vehicle)
  • Decision Systems
  • Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Reliability and Safety
  • Standards & Public Policies
  • Technology Forecast & Transfer
  • Artificial Intelligence Technologies for ITS [This topic appears as a separate section of the Magazine and is publishing short peer-reviewed papers only]

ITS Magazine is also interested in publishing futuristic views on transportation systems and a vision on how transportation scenarios may look like and operate in the distant future. Submissions from industry practitioners on field trials and validation of results from deployment of ITS solutions, products and systems are highly sought after.

In addition to its task of publishing the best source of reference in the ITS field, the IEEE – ITS Magazine also publishes a variety of news of interest to ITS Society members.

Paper Submission Types

Authors may submit
  • Regular Research Papers
    If you wish to submit your new theory, or an algorithm, which is underpinned with data obtained only through simulation or modelling, you will receive advice from us to consider submitting your manuscript to one of our sister periodicals, namely, Transactions on ITS and/or Transactions on IV.
    Otherwise, we will gladly initiate the review process of your manuscript if it provides a technical insight into your theory, or your algorithm, and is underpinned by data from experimental and/or field testings including the validity analysis.
  • Short Research Papers (only for submissions to the section on “Artificial Intelligence Technologies for ITS”)
  • Tutorials
  • Surveys Papers
  • Technical Reports on Successful Field Trials and Deployments
  • Papers on Policy and/or Educational Issues
    Your manuscript should provide a practical insight into, and address unique challenges and experiences from, implementing a new policy or an educational concept. It is recommended to include suggestions on further needed adjustments of the current technical solution(s) in order to make them implementable and able to resolve the issue(s). Your manuscript will not be favorable considered if it tends to offer a concept level observation & discussion only.
  • Review Papers on Emerging Trends in the field of interest to ITSS
  • Papers on ITS Technology Reviews & Advancements, including ITS-focused Artificial Intelligence

All paper types, including those submitted to the section on “Artificial Intelligence Technologies for ITS” are reviewed by independent reviewers. The Editorial Board makes paper acceptance decisions. Currently, approx. 23% of all manuscripts submitted to IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Magazine are accepted for publishing.

In addition to publishing peer-reviewed papers, the Magazine also includes:

  • Editor-in-Chief’s column (Ljubo Vlacic,
  • President’s column (Wei-Bin Zhang,
  • Book Review column (TBA)
  • ITS Society Conferences column (Editor: Brendan Morris,
  • ITS Society Technical Activities column (Editor: Yaobin Chen,
  • ITS Research Lab Spotlight column (Editor: Yisheng Lv,
  • ITS People column (Editor: Asad Hoque,
  • PhD/MPhil Theses column (Editors: Fernando Garcia Fernandez,; and Zhixiong Li,
  • ITS Society News Column (Ljubo Vlacic,
  • Conference Calendar (Editor: Martin Lauer,

Paper Submission Information

The Paper Page Excess Fee Policy
  1. All paper types submitted on/after 01 January 2019 are subject to this policy.
  2. The paper page excess fee applies to accepted papers only.
  3. The decision to charge authors an excess page fee will be established based on the number of printed paper pages in the Magazine. The number of pages in the printed paper are dependent on many factors such as whether final files include compressed figures with hard to read labels and/or compressed images and non-readable tables, etc. In such cases, pages are redesigned and/or adapted for readability and magazine style. Consequently, a number of pages in the printed paper may be higher than the number of the paper pages included in the final file. The bill will be sent to authors only after their paper is included in the print issue.
  4. The paper page excess fee of $100USD per excess page will apply.
  5. No paper page excess fee will apply if:
    • Regular Research Paper consists of up to 8 pages
    • Short Research Paper consists of up to 4 pages
    • Review Paper consists of up to 12 pages
    • Practitioner Paper consists of up to 12 pages
  6. The corresponding author will be requested to make a payment.
  7. No extension of the set payment deadline will be granted.
  • Compliance with the standard IEEE double-column paper format is required.
  • Regular technical papers may consist of up to 8 pages
  • Short technical papers may consist of up to 4 pages
  • Tutorials, Survey papers, Technical reports and Review papers may consist of up to 12 pages
  • The abstract should comprise no more than 150 words.
  • All the authors’ full names (not just initials) should be listed on the first page
  • All the authors’ bios, including photos, should also be included in the paper, at its end. The sketch should contain, in the following order, highest degree received (including the area of study and the name of the institution), major professional affiliations, your current position and technical interests, and postal and email addresses.
  • All illustrations and graphics must be cited in the text, numbered, and have descriptive captions. Graphics should show only the coordinated axes (or at most the major grid lines) to avoid dense, hard-to-read illustrations.
  • Please number your references in the alphabetical order according to the first author’s last name. Cite only published materials. Avoid listing multiple references for standards or methodologies that are well known to the community. Citations must include full publication information—for articles, this means listing all authors, the article name, the publication’s full name, the volume and issue number (or the month), the year of publication, and the pages cited. For conference proceedings, we need the article and the proceedings titles, the publisher, the year of publication, and the pages cited.
  • The following must be uploaded:
    1. A PDF version of the paper text including the figures, tables, references, bios and all math (in the event that there is a problem with the source files)
    2. Source file for the text using either LaTeX or MSWord
    3. Source files of the figures (tif, jpeg, ps, and eps formats). All should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi or higher at the size it should print. Please keep in mind that image quality and resolution are very important in reproducing graphics. Even though IEEE can accept many formats, we generally cannot improve the graphics if they are poor quality when we receive them. Figures should be named fig1, fig2, fig2a, etc.
    4. Name, mailing address, phone, FAX, and e-mail of corresponding author. This contact data will be used in case of questions and as an address where complimentary copies of the issue will be sent.
    5. Bio-sketches (about 50 words) and high-resolutions photos of each of the authors. The photo should be submitted as a high-resolution (300 dpi if possible) TIFF, or JPEG.
Submission site

Once all submission components are prepared in line with the guidelines, and ready for the upload, please submit your paper through the Manuscript Central site at There, please select the option “Magazine Regular Paper”.

Questions about the suitability of your paper
In the case of any doubt please do contact the Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief before making any attempt to submit your paper. The Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Dr Ljubo Vlacic, can be contacted via email: or mob: +61 417 633 501.

Peer Review
The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE PSPB Operations Manual (sections 8.2.1.C & 8.2.2.A). Each published article was reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers using a single-blind peer review process, where the identities of the reviewers are not known to the authors, but the reviewers know the identities of the authors. Articles will be screened for plagiarism before acceptance.

Abstract Description and Specifications
For an abstract to be effective when displayed in IEEE Xplore® as well as through indexing services such as Compendex, INSPEC, Medline, ProQuest, and Web of Science, it must be concisely yet comprehensively reflect the article it describes. In particular, the abstract must be:

  • Contained, without abbreviations, footnotes, or references. It should be a microcosm of the full article.
  • Between 150-250 words.
  • Written as one paragraph and should not contain displayed mathematical equations or tabular material.
  • Include three or four different keywords or phrases. However, over-repetition of such phrases can result in a page being rejected by search engines.
  • Grammatically correct.

IEEE Author Center
English language editing services can help refine the language of your article and reduce the risk of rejection without review. IEEE authors are eligible for discounts at several language editing services; visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. Please note, these services are fee-based and do not guarantee acceptance.

Posting of the accepted version of their article on Arxiv
​Authors are permitted to post the accepted versions of their article on Arxiv. Authors must also include an IEEE copyright notice on the paper (as shown below), as well as the paper’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

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