OJ-ITS Overview

In keeping with IEEE’s continued commitment to providing options to support the needs of all authors, IEEE is introducing an Open Journal for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society.

We invite you to be among the first to have your article peer-reviewed and published in this new journal. This is an exciting opportunity for your research to benefit from the high visibility and interest the journal’s marketing launch will generate. Your work will also be exposed to 5 million unique monthly users of the IEEE Xplore® Digital Library.

The IEEE Open Journal of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society draws on the expert technical community to continue IEEE’s commitment to publishing the most highly-cited content. Our goal is to publish quickly—the rapid peer review process is targeting a publication time frame of 10 weeks for most accepted papers. This journal is fully open and compliant with funder mandates, including Plan S.

​It is important to our authors that all papers published in the IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems will be indexed. OJ-ITS is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals and is included in the Web of Science Core Collection through the Emerging Source Citation Index. As of December 2022, OJ-ITS accumulated the paper management, publication history, and scientific impact needed to be included in Scopus and was accepted for coverage.

Editor in Chief

Jiaqi Ma
Associate Professor, Samueli School of Engineering
Director, UCLA Mobility Lab
Associate Director, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
4731G Boelter Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
+1 (310) 206-3212

Associate Editor in Chief

Bilge Atasoy
Associate Professor
Transport Engineering and Logistics (TEL)
Maritime and Transport Technology (M&TT)
Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE)

Delft University of Technology
Mekelweg 2, 2628CD,
Delft, The Netherlands

Aims & Scope

The IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation Systems covers theoretical, experimental and operational aspects of electrical and electronics engineering and information technologies as applied to Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), defined as those systems utilizing synergistic technologies and systems engineering concepts to develop and improve transportation systems of all kinds. Topics of consideration are:

  • Big data analytics, machine learning, AI applications
  • Communication (inter-vehicle, vehicle-to-roadside)
  • Computers (hardware, software)
  • Control (adaptive, fuzzy, cooperative, neuro)
  • Decision Systems (expert systems, intelligent agents)
  • Systems (engineering, architecture, evaluation)
  • Information Systems (databases, data fusion, security)
  • ITS Energy and Environment
  • ITS, freight and logistics
  • ITS in Developing Countries
  • Human-Machine Interfaces
  • Imaging & Real-Time Image Analysis
  • Privacy & security of ITS
  • Sensors (infrastructure and vehicle-based)
  • Simulation (continuous, discrete, real-time)
  • Signal Processing
  • Smart Public Transport Systems
  • Societal implications of ITS
  • Standards
  • Reliability & Quality Assurance
  • Technology Forecasting & Transfer
  • ​Traffic Flow Modelling and Control

Open Access

​This journal is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are currently published under Creative Commons licenses (either CCBY or CCBY-NC-ND), and the author retains copyright. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles published under CCBY, or use them for any other lawful purpose, as long as proper attribution is given.  Articles published under CCBY-NC-ND are also available to users under the same conditions as CCBY, but the reuse cannot be for commercial purposes or change the work in any way.

​Open access is provided through the payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) paid after acceptance. APCs are often financed by an author’s institution or the funder supporting their research.

​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.

​Corresponding authors from low income countries are eligible for waived or reduced APCs.


​All IEEE authors are expected to adhere to IEEE’s publishing ethics, including the definition of authorship, the appropriate citation of sources, the accurate reporting of data, and the publishing of original research. Visit the IEEE Author Center to learn more. All articles submitted for publication should be original and not under consideration elsewhere; if your article is based on a previous publication such as a conference proceeding, cite the original publication and clearly indicate how the articles differ.  Contact the Editor-in-Chief with any questions on publishing ethics.

Author Information and Instructions

Thee IEEE ITSS is committed to supporting authors and researchers with IEEE Author Tools including the IEEE Publication Recommender, LaTeX Analyzer and more. Discover the tools available at the IEEE Author Center.

​The IEEE ITSS is regarded as a trusted and unbiased source of technical information for dialog and collaboration to advance technology within the computing community. The ITSS is led by researchers and technology professionals who are at the center of respected intelligent transportation systems communities where readers and authors already come together.

​The articles in this journal are peer reviewed in accordance with the requirements set forth in the IEEE Publication Services and Products Board Operations Manual. 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.

Article Submission

  1. All articles must be submitted via our submission site. Format your article for submission by using the template used for IEEE Open Journals.
  2. Submit your article text in PDF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on writing the abstract, using equations in your article, publishing author names in native languages, and more.
  3. Submit your figures individually in PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, or TIF format. Visit the IEEE Author Center for information on resolution, size requirements, file naming conventions, and more.
  4. For information on submitting supplementary material such as graphical abstracts, multimedia, or datasets, visit the IEEE Author Center.
  5. This journal has no page limits. We recommend a regular paper not to exceed 10 pages. The length of a submitted paper should be commensurate with the importance, or appropriate to the complexity, of the work.


All IEEE journals require an Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) for all authors. ORCID is a persistent unique identifier for researchers and functions similarly to an article’s Digital Object Identifier (DOI). You will need a registered ORCID to submit an article or review a proof in this journal. Learn more about ORCID and sign up for an ORCID today.

English Language Editing Services

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.

Share Your Code and Data

Increase the impact of your work by sharing your code and data for others to view, build upon, and reuse. IEEE works with Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform, to make your code discoverable. IEEE DataPort, an online data repository of datasets and data analysis tools, makes your datasets discoverable. Visit the IEEE Author Center for more information.

IEEE Author Tools

Preparing your article for submission is easy with IEEE Author Tools. Tools are available to help you find the right publication for your research, validate your LaTeX files, and verify your reference list.

Article Processing Charges

For papers submitted in 2022, the Article Processing Charge (APC) is US$1850 plus applicable local taxes.

For papers submitted in 2023, the APC is US$1950 plus applicable local taxes. The following discounts apply:

  • IEEE Members receive a 5% discount.
  • IEEE (i.e. ITS) Society Members receive a 20% discount.

Discounts do not apply to undergraduate and graduate students. These discounts cannot be combined.


If your article is accepted for publication, you will receive emailed instructions regarding your next steps. You may be asked to upload final production-ready files. Shortly after final files are uploaded, you will receive your article proofs for final review, along with instructions on how to review your proofs and submit any corrections. Please note that major changes to your article, including the list of references, are not permitted after the article is accepted for publication.  Please contact the Editor-in-Chief if you have any doubts about whether a modification you wish to make is appropriate.