IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems is a top-ranked publication in the field of ITS.

T-ITS is published monthly. All issues of ITS Transactions are digitally archived in IEEE Xplore. (See also a list of previous issues.) Members of the IEEE ITS Society have access to the electronic version of the Transactions free of charge.


Prof. Azim Eskandarian
Virginia Tech
Mechanical Engineering Department
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Blacksburg, VA 24061


Improved planning, design, management, and the control of future transportation systems requires conducting both basic and applied research to expand the knowledge base on transportation. The Transactions serve as a forum for the technological aspects of information technology to transportation, and focuses on the design, analysis, and control of information technology as it is applied to transportation systems. Read more on IEEE Xplore.

Interested in submitting? See below for submission information. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Communications (intervehicle and vehicle-to-road- side)
  • Computers (hardware, software)
  • Control (adaptive, fuzzy, cooperative, neuro)
  • Decision Systems (expert systems, intelligent agents)
  • Systems (engineering, architecture, evaluation)
  • Information Systems (databases, data fusion, security)
  • Man-Machine Interfaces (displays, artificial speech)
  • Imaging & Real-Time Image Analysis
  • Sensors (infrastructure and vehicle-based)
  • Simulation (continuous, discrete, real-time)
  • Signal Processing
  • Standards
  • Reliability & Quality Assurance
  • Technology Forecasting & Transfer

Submission Information: Information for Authors

The IEEE Transactions on ITS accepts electronic submissions only, via the following submission website:

Before submitting a manuscript, authors must:

  • Format the paper using IEEE style of double column, single spaced.
    Templates are available at IEEE Article Templates.
  • Create an account for the submission site if they do not already possess one.

Authors can choose among 4 kinds of papers, each with its suggested length in IEEE style:

  • Regular Papers: 10 pages
  • Short Papers: 6 pages
  • Practitioner Papers: 6 pages
  • Survey Papers: 18 pages

An author may submit papers that exceeds the suggested length but after the final acceptance, provided they pay an over length charge of $175.00 (US dollars) for each extra page.

Our Authors’ Guidelines

Overlap with previously published papers. The system will automatically reject papers with overlap greater than 40% generated by our software system. The system will automatically allow papers with less than 30% overlap. Papers with overlaps between 30% and 40% will be checked manually to find out the reason of the overlap, whether it is an accumulation of small overlaps from different papers or the overlap is due to a conference paper or publicly accessible report by same authors etc and decide accordingly.

Extensions of the Author’s Conference Papers. It is acceptable for conference papers to be used as the basis for a more fully developed journal submission. However, authors are required to cite their related prior work; the papers cannot be identical or have more than 40% overlap; and the journal publication must include substantively novel aspects such as new experimental results or additional analysis or added theoretical work. The journal publication should clearly specify how the journal paper offers novel contributions when citing the prior conference paper.​

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.

Additional Resources for Authors

Open Access Publishing option of the IEEE Transactions on ITS

IEEE Transactions on ITS is a hybrid journal, allowing either traditional manuscript submission or Open Access (author-pays OA) manuscript submission. The OA option, if selected, enables unrestricted public access to the article via IEEE Xplore. The OA option will be offered to the author at the time the manuscript is submitted. If selected, the OA discounted fee of $1,750 must be paid before the article is published in the journal. If you have unusual circumstances about this, please contact the Editor-in-Chief. Any other applicable charges (such as the over-length page charge and/or charge for the use of color in the print format) will be billed separately once the manuscript formatting is complete but prior to the publication. The traditional option, if selected, enables access to all qualified subscribers and purchasers via IEEE Xplore. Corresponding authors from low-income countries are eligible for waived or reduced open access APCs.

Alternative Option for Open Access Publishing in ITS

The new Open Journal of ITS: OJ-ITS

The IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems Society has established the new IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation System (OJ-TS) for Open Access publications in the field of ITS. OJ-ITS is 100% open access, which means that all content is freely available without charge to users or their institutions. All articles are published under a CC BY 4.0 license, and the author retains copyright. The rapid peer review process of OJ-ITS is targeting a publication time frame of 10 weeks for most accepted papers. OJ-ITS has no page limit. Open access is provided through the payment of an Article Processing Charge (APC) of $1,750 paid after acceptance. Discount conditions are available. Publication is on-line through IEEE Xplore. Information about the IEEE Open Journal of Intelligent Transportation System can be found at:

Submitting Final Files: Information for authors of accepted papers

Papers accepted for publication will be published both electronically on IEEE Xplore web site and in the printed version of the Transactions.

Authors must submit final files electronically using the submission website requested items must be compressed in a ZIP file before uploading them on the submission web site.

Requested items:

  1. A PDF version of the paper and an identical source version using either LaTeX or MSWord. Paper must be formatted using IEEE style (double column, single spaced) whose template is available at
  2. Original versions of figures and tables (high definition) in separate files only if they aren’t embedded in the source paper file (accepted formats: PS, EPS, PDF, PNG, TIFF, DOC, PPT, XLS).
  3. Bio-sketches (in IEEE format) and high-resolutions photos of each of the authors (not required for Short and Practitioner Papers); bio-sketches can be included in the source file or alternatively saved in separate files.

Few weeks after the submission of the final files, the contact author will be contacted by the publishing office to check the proofs of the paper. Authors will have 48 authors to return eventual corrections to the proofs.

Once proofs are validated, the paper will be published in the “early papers” section of IEEE Xplore web site in few days and later in the first available printed issue.

If after the proofs, paper length exceeds the suggested values (see Submit a Paper section), authors will be asked to pay an extra page charge of 175 US dollar for each extra page.

Author Names in Native Languages

IEEE supports the publication of author names in the native language alongside the English versions of the names in the author list of an article. For more information, please visit the IEEE Author Center at​

Color Printing

If a paper includes color figures, authors can decide to publish their paper in color (additional charges) or in gray tone.

Papers printed in gray tone, are published electronically in color on IEEE Xplore if color illustrations are included.

IEEE Copyright

IEEE policy requires that prior to publication all authors must transfer the copyright for their paper to the IEEE via the submission web site when submitting the final files.

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