This is an announcement of call for papers: A virtual special issue in Asian Transport Studies (ATS). You are respectfully invited to submit your achievements to this special issue. Its details are available below.


Dr. Bhargab Maitra, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India

Dr. Yu-Ting Hsu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

In the last few decades, there has been a rapid increase in super spreader viruses across the globe. Recent outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has a massive impact on the societies around the world. The rapid spread of COVID-19 led to considerable deaths and causalities throughout the world, and forced the governments to take several precautionary measures to contain the spread of the virus. These measures included (i) ban on unnecessary travel, (ii) adherence to social distancing norms, (iii) closure of schools, offices, restaurants, shops, and international borders, (iv) encouragement to work from home, etc. These measures impacted urban transport, logistics, tourism, international travel and freight transport, which in turn affected the economy. After the availability of vaccine, several governments have started lifting the restrictions to bring back normalcy and restore the economy. But, due to the rapid mutation of the virus and formation of new strains, the disease has again become progressive and impacted several Asian countries which have low levels of vaccination. Therefore, several nations are imposing the restrictions again, which will weaken their economy further. Also, there are uncertainties regarding the end of pandemic era.

There are several aspects of travel during COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period, which are of interest to transport planner and policy makers. These include (i) effectiveness of various policies, measures and restriction imposed by the government during the COVID-19 outbreak, (ii) short and long terms changes on destination, trip, mode of travel, etc. triggered by COVID-19 outbreak, (iii) consequence of these changes on transport externalities such as congestion, energy, emission, safety, etc., (iv) policies and measures for faster recovery of long distance travel, tourism, international travel, etc. to accelerate economic growth after the removal of COVID related restrictions, (v) experiences or lessons learned from different cities, countries and geographical regions during present pandemic, and better preparedness for similar pandemic in the future. This virtual special issue will include all these aspects and any other aspects related to travel and transport in Asian countries during COVID-19 outbreak and recovery period, which are of interest to transport planner and policy makers.

This special issue is motivated to provide an academic and research outlet for sharing academic research, practical lessons, policy insights, and future prospects on “the impact of COVID on travel behavior and transportation” in context to Asian countries. However, research papers from non-Asian countries will also be encouraged if the contents and insights are relevant to Asian countries. Special focus will be on the change in travel behavior based on different type of trips, modes of transport and socioeconomic characteristics during the pandemic and post-pandemic era. Yet, other relevant aspects on the effect of COVID on transportation systems will also be accepted. Expected articles in the special issue could be about case studies, comparative analysis, planning and policy strategies, and quantitative analysis. Articles will be evaluated considering their academic as well as practical values in the context of Asian countries.

Suggested topics of interest, but are not limited to the following:
– Effectiveness of policies and measures imposed by the government during the COVID-19 outbreak on travel and economic growth
– Impacts of COVID-19 on mobility, travel behavior and travel demand
– Effect of socioeconomic and trip characteristics on mobility and travel behavior during COVID-19 outbreak
– Changes in modal preferences due to COVID-19 outbreak and their implications
– Effect of COVID-19 on public transport
– Effect of COVID-19 on shopping and recreational trips
– Uncertainties in long term demand fluctuations in air, rail and water transport due to COVID-19 outbreak
– Effect of COVID-19 on travel and environment
– Effect of COVID-19 on commodity movements
– Economic impact of COVID-19 on urban transportation system
– Interventions for faster recovery of long distance travel, tourism, international travel, etc. after the removal of COVID related restrictions
– Articles submitted to this special issue must contain significant relevance to the effect of COVID on transportation in Asian countries or cities. Submitted articles should not be published or under review elsewhere.

Start of submission of full paper: September 01, 2021
Submission of full paper: March 31, 2022
Feedback from the first-round review: June 31, 2021
Submission of revised manuscripts: August 31, 2022
Feedback from the second-round review: October 31, 2022
Final acceptance: November 30, 2022
Planned publication: December 31, 2022

Authors are further advised to see the guidance (including instructions of paper writing) from the following URL:

The accepted manuscripts will be published in the virtual special issue of Asian Transport Studies ( Manuscripts should be submitted through the Editorial Manager for Asian Transport Studies at


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