Call for Papers—SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy

SAE International's scholarly journals welcome authors from industry, academia, and government to submit original research for potential journal publication. Authors are invited to submit review-ready manuscripts featuring a detailed and complete description of the research. All submitted articles undergo a thorough double-blind peer-review process.

Aims & Scope

The SAE International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, Energy, Environment, & Policy is a new peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for the exchange of novel, innovative, and sound ideas on incorporating and enhancing sustainability from environmental, energy, engineering, public policy, social, and economic perspectives over the entire life cycle of automobiles, aircrafts, and other transportation systems that span across diverse landscapes. In particular, this Journal focuses on combining the engineering perspective with one or more of the other aforementioned topics to analyze the potential ways of improving the environmental performance of the transport sector.

The scope includes the development of environmental and socio-economic metrics, advancements in and application of costing methodologies, and the assessment of environmental impacts via the use of various methodologies to assess and compare the different aspects of sustainable transportation. The Journal also welcomes studies that assess and highlight the impact and contribution of proposed and actual transport policies, as well as of emerging/proposed technologies on the different aspects of sustainable transport related to energy and our environment. These aspects of sustainable transportation systems (automobiles, aircraft, or other such systems), which can be evaluated over all stages of their life cycle (production, consumption/use, and end-of-life), include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Current and emerging technologies with regard to different transport systems (such as automobiles (cars), buses, trucks, trains, and aircraft)
  • Components and materials associated with these different transportation systems, such as engines and exhaust control devices (components) and different grades or types of steel, aluminum, plastics, and composites (materials)
  • Auto-efficiency–enhancing mechanisms and strategies, such as design optimization, novel combustion technologies, light-weighting, application of thermoelectric devices, and hybrid/electric/battery-operated vehicles
  • Technologies and initiatives that enable and ease the measurement and control of emissions for all kinds of vehicles, such as Real Driving Emissions (RDE) and exhaust emissions control
  • Auto-associated infrastructure, such as gasoline pumps, battery-charging stations, and parking-related infrastructure

Additionally, the Journal will also invite manuscripts that evaluate the impact of electric vehicles on the energy mix (nationally/globally) and its subsequent impacts on our environment.

Metrics and methodologies associated with the sustainability analysis of automobiles and mobility options and technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impact assessment methodologies and environmental metrics: life cycle assessment; substance flow analysis; environmental impact assessment; emissions (atmospheric, land, water) measurement and control; carbon and water footprint; energy footprint, consumption, and/or savings; efficiency improvements; eco-labels
  • Socio-economic metrics: multi-criteria decision analysis, cost-benefit analysis.
  • Costing methodologies: life-cycle financial/economic costs, socio-environmental costs
  • Public policy measures: monetary/non-monetary policies, health and behavioral policies, population growth and urbanization impacts, traffic and congestion, policies affecting transportation design and engineering-related decision making, effect on energy mix
  • Engineering methodologies: design, materials, and manufacturing practices that impact sustainable transportation

Submissions (full manuscripts) can be submitted at any time and are not subject to deadlines unless part of a special issue. Being published in SAE's scholarly journals can raise an author's profile in the automotive, aerospace, or commercial vehicles fields, while contributing to the industry's body of technical knowledge.

Submissions will be uploaded online through Editorial Manager®—SAE’s submission and peer review system. When the submission site is available, the link will be included here. When uploading your review-ready manuscript, please include paper title, corresponding author name, suggested reviewers (and their contact information), a cover letter summarizing the most innovative findings and impact of the manuscript, and your contact information.

Have questions about authoring a journal article, or need assistance to begin? Download author instructions and guidelines or contact managingeditor@sae.org.

SAE International scholarly journals Mission Statement

Aligning with SAE International’s mission, SAE journals publish state-of-the-art research findings that advance vehicle and system knowledge in a neutral forum for the benefit of society. Each journal serves the needs of academic and industry authors, researchers, and readers in a medium tailored for the discovery, integration, and application of research. Reflecting SAE's commitment to the highest scientific publishing standards, all published articles are rigorously peer reviewed by at least three recognized experts prior to selection by a journal's Editorial Board, and the majority of SAE journals are indexed in the Web of Science, Emerging Sources Citation Index.

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