Transportist: March 2020

Welcome to the latest issue of The Transportist, especially to our new readers.  As always you can follow along at the or on Twitter. For those keeping track, the fires are basically out in Australia, we got massive amounts of rain this month, and the reservoirs around Sydney are refilling. The armageddon this month is biologic rather than pyrophoric in nature.

I declined my first Elsevier-owned journal peer review request for lack of payment. I wrote to the editor: “Elsevier is a very profitable for-profit corporation. They should pay reviewers. I am happy to do the review if paid. My rate is $1/100 words + $10/figure + $10/table + $10/equation.” Strangely, lack of payment is not one of the automatic options for declining reviews at the publishers that allow you to decline at a click of a button. I wonder why? So long as the existing for-profit journal structure remains, (with either excessive journal subscription charges or excessive author publication charges) reviewers should insist on payment from those journals. Journals that are both non-profit and open access are the only ones deserving of volunteer hours. (This of course follows up on the implied threats from Elsevier editors in December: Elsevier and the Quid Pro Quo)

Talks and Conferences

  • I was in Auckland, New Zealand for the IAEE – International Association of Energy Economics conference 12-15 February 2020.
  • I was on ABC Radio Hobart at 7:30 pm AEDT Feb 25 with Louise Saunders talking safety and road rules. The full 3h show is here, I had about 15 min.
  • I was on the Talking Headways podcast twice!
    • Complicated Measures and Public Policy (Part 1)
    • Unnecessary Literature Reviews (Part 2)



Transport Findings

Research Highlights

Transportist Blog

News & Opinion

Interesting Research (by others)

Australian phrase of the month

  • “Congestion-busting”