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Understanding Open Access

The purpose of this guide is to give VDOT employees a basic overview of "Open Access" journals (and other OA resources). This guide does not discuss "Open Data."

Examples of OA Journals In Transportation Research

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is a community-curated list of Open Access journals and aims to be the starting point for those looking for quality, peer-reviewed OA resources. It was started at Lund University, Sweden, in 2003 with 300 OA journals and today contains more than 9,000 OA journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities. Not all OA journals are in the DOAJ (it takes time for new journals to be added), but listings are legitimate journals, many from highly regarded publishers like Elsevier and Springer, Wiley, and Taylor and Francis. At this time DOAJ contains little in the way of bridge engineering or highway engineering journals, but there are some titles related to transportation engineering, general civil engineering, materials science, and geotechnical engineering, including these English-language publications: 

Technology: Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General): Transportation engineering

European Transport Research Review
ISSN: 1867-0717 (Print); 1866-8887 (Online)
Publisher: Springer

TeMA: Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment
ISSN: 1970-9889 (Print); 1970-9870 (Online)
Publisher: Università di Napoli Federico II

PROMET: Traffic &Transportation
ISSN: 0353-5320 (Print); 1848-4069 (Online)
Publisher: University of Zagreb

International Journal of Transport and Logistics
ISSN: 1451-107X (Print)
Publisher: Technical University of Košice, University of Belgrade

Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering
ISSN: 2095-7564 (Print)
Publisher: Elsevier

European Journal of Transport and Infrastructure Research
ISSN: 1567-7141 (Online)
Publisher: Delft University of Technology

Logistics & Sustainable Transport
ISSN: 2232-4968 (Online)
Publisher: De Gruyter 

Transportation Research Procedia
‚ÄčISSN: 2352-1465
Publisher: Elsevier

Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)

International Journal of Advanced Structural Engineering
ISSN: 2008-3556 (Print); 2008-6695 (Online)
Publisher: Springer

Journal of Engineering Science and Technology Review
ISSN: 1791-2377 (Print)
Publisher: Kavala Institute of Technology

Civil Engineering Infrastructures Journal
ISSN: 2322-2093 (Print); 2423-6691 (Online)
Publisher: University of Tehran Press

Acta Polytechnica: Journal of Advanced Engineering
ISSN: 1210-2709 (Print); 1805-2363 (Online)
Publisher: Czech Technical University, Prague

Acta Logistica: International Scientific Journal about Logistics
ISSN: 1339-5629 (Online)
Publisher: 4S go, s.r.o., Slovakia

Journal of Advanced Engineering
ISSN: 1210-2709 (Print); 1805-2363 (Online)
Publisher: Czech Technical University, Prague

Civil and Environmental Engineering
ISSN: 1336-5835 (Print); 2199-6512 (Online)
Publisher: De Gruyter

The Journal of Engineering
ISSN: 2051-3305 (Online)
Publisher: Institution of Engineering and Technology, United Kingdom

The International Archives of the Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing and Spatial Information Sciences
ISSN: 1682-1750 (Print); 2194-9034 (Online)
Publisher: Copernicus Publications, Germany

Geotechnical Research
ISSN: 2052-6156 (Online)
Publisher: Institution of Civil Engineers, United Kingdom

International Journal of Modern Engineering
ISSN: 2157-8052 (Print); 1930-6628 (Online)
Publisher: International Association of Journals and Conferences

Engineering Science and Technology, an International Journal
ISSN: 2215-0986 (Online)
Publisher: Elsevier

Visualization in Engineering
ISSN: 2213-7459 (Online)
Publisher: Springer

ISSN: 2079-6412 (Print)
Publisher: MDPI AG, Switzerland

ISSN: 2095-8099 (Print); 2096-0026 (Online)
Publisher: Elsevier

Advances in Civil Engineering
ISSN: 1687-8086 (Print); 1687-8094 (Online)
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Case Studies in Engineering Failure Analysis
ISSN: 2213-2902 (Online)
Publisher: Elsevier


Planning Urban groups. City planning

Regional Studies, Regional Science
ISSN: 2168-1376 (Online)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Urban, Planning and Transport Research
ISSN: 2165-0020 (Online)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis


Building Construction

Journal of Construction Engineering
ISSN: 2356-7295 (Print); 2314-5986 (Online)
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation


Occupational law: Transportation and communication

Transport and Telecommunication
ISSN: 1407-6179 (Online)
Publisher: De Gruyter


Social Sciences: Transportation and communications

Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management
ISSN: 2310-8789 (Print); 1995-5235 (Online)
Publisher: AOSIS, University of Johannesburg

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