The XIII World Conference on Transport Research will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 15 to 18 July 2013, and its preparations are well under way. The WCTR Society and the organizers hope to be able to welcome you to this conference.

Prof. Romulo Orrico, Conference Director of WCTR 2013, and Prof. Hostilio Ratton, Vice-Chairperson of the Local Organizing Committee of WCTR 2013 would like to invite you to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at this Conference. We are keen to encourage presentations of high quality papers from all continents and regions, and on all aspects of transport, and to promote their discussion in a multicultural setting.

Submission of abstracts

Abstracts should be prepared using the template available on the website and should make clear, in not more than 500 words, a) the focus of the paper, b) its objectives, c) its principal findings and d) its expected contributions, as appropriate, to research and to policy. Two sample abstracts are available on the website. The deadline for abstract submission is 15th June 2012. Abstracts must be submitted electronically to the website

Authors should also indicate in which Topic Area they wish their paper to be considered.The Conference will be structured into eight Topic Areas and some 50 Session Tracks. The Topic Areas are:

A. Transport Modes: General

B. Freight Transport and Logistics Systems

C. Traffic Operations, Management and Control

D. Activity and Transport Demand

E. Transport Economics and Finance

F. Transport, Land Use and Sustainability

G. Transport Planning, Policy and Management

H. Transport in Developing Countries.

Further details for each Topic Area and its Session Tracks are available on the website.

Some Session Track Organizers will publish specific calls for abstracts identifying themes on which they would particularly welcome papers; these will be available on the website. Authors may wish to refer to these as appropriate. The topic Area Manager will contact the author if he/she proposes a transfer of the Abstract to a better suited topic area.

Assessment of abstracts

Abstracts will be assessed to ensure that they are written in English, that they are relevant to the Conference, and that they contain evidence of implications for research and/or policy. Topic Area Managers will ensure that authors are advised of the acceptance or rejection of their abstracts by 31st July 2012.

Subsequent stages

When authors are informed that their abstracts have been accepted, they will be asked to indicate preference for presentation in a standard or a poster session and whether they wish to submit their paper for review.

The usefulness of poster sessions emerged from our review of the Lisbon conference (in 2010). Poster sessions will be designed in TRB style to promote active discussion of related papers, and papers presented either as posters or standard sessions will be equally eligible for publication and for the award of prizes. Authors will be asked to state a preference for poster or oral presentation. Further guidance will be available on the website on the relative merits of the two forms of presentation. Topic Area Managers will have the final say on the form of presentation, which will depend in part on the mix of papers submitted. They will do their best to reflect authors' preferences.

Only papers submitted for review and accepted (whether presented in standard or poster sessions)will be included in the Selected Proceedings of the Conference, which will be available to members after the conference. Each paper will be sent to two reviewers, and rated from A to D as in previous conferences. Those rated A will be considered for the award of prizes. Those rated B or above will be considered for submission to special issues of journals. Authors may wish to note that an increasing number of reputed scientific journals are interested in papers presented at WCTR Conferences and accept our full paper review process as a "fast-track" channel for publication. Full details of the review and rating system will be available on the website.

The deadline for submission of papers for review will 31st October 2012, and authors will be asked, as in Lisbon, to pay 15% of the conference fee at that stage. Feedback will be provided by 31st January 2013. Authors of reviewed papers will be given the opportunity to enhance their papers in the light of reviewers' comments. The deadline for revised reviewed papers, and for those not submitted for review, will be 31st March 2013.

The young researchers' day and related activities

The WCTR Society has introduced an important new initiative for young researchers (who are under 35 on the first day of the conference), to acquaint them with the WCTRS and its conferences, meet colleagues, and to help them enjoy WCTRS conference experience. WCTRS Young Researchers' Conference will be held on July 14th 2013; it will be free to young researchers who are participating in the main conference. Abstracts are due by 15th June 2012. In addition four WCTRS Young Researchers' Grants are made available to support those already enrolled on a PhD programme. The deadline for applications for these grants is 15th March 2012. Further information is available on the website WCTRS website.

Further information

All information regarding the Topic Areas and Session Tracks in which papers can be submitted, as well as the calendar for the various phases of paper processing, the conditions for participation and eligibility for prizes will be available on the website. Information on a variety of technical tours, social events and special sessions organized as part of the Conference will also be available.

We look forward to welcoming you in Rio de Janeiro.

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