Submit a Manuscript to the Journal

Ship Technology Research

For a Special Issue on

Automation in Inland and Short Sea Shipping

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2024

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Special Issue Editor(s)

Jens Neugebauer, University of Duisburg-Essen, Institute for Sustainable and Autonomous Maritime Systems
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Rupert Henn, Development Centre for Ship Technology and Transport Systems
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Frederic Etienne Kracht, University of Duisburg-Essen, Chair of Mechatronics
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Automation in Inland and Short Sea Shipping

The Special Issue collects relevant peer reviewed articles related to autonomous inland and short sea shipping. It is linked to the Autonomous Inland and Short Sea Shipping Conference which was established in 2019 and which promotes technical and scientific exchange among industry, academia and authorities in the fields of

  • autonomous inland and short sea shipping,
  • port logistics,
  • smart waterborne logistics and related subjects.

Contributions related to

  • ship automation,
  • remote operation,
  • assistance systems,
  • model-building,
  • simulators and digital twins,
  • smart port logistics,
  • traffic planning and simulation,
  • transport chain digitalization,
  • emission reduction by assistance systems and automation,
  • research platforms,
  • test fields and infrastructure

are very welcome.

For more information about the Autonomous Inland and Short Sea Shipping Conference (AISS), please visit the conference website

Submission Instructions


Your paper should be compiled in the following order: title page; abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (as appropriate); table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages); figures; figure captions (as a list).

Word Limits

Please include a word count for your paper.

A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 5000 words, inclusive of:

  • Abstract
  • Tables
  • References

Format-Free Submission

Authors may submit their paper in any scholarly format or layout. Manuscripts may be supplied as single or multiple files. These can be Word, rich text format (rtf), open document format (odt), PDF, or LaTeX files. Figures and tables can be placed within the text or submitted as separate documents. Figures should be of sufficient resolution to enable refereeing.

  • There are no strict formatting requirements, but all manuscripts must contain the essential elements needed to evaluate a manuscript: abstract, author affiliation, figures, tables, funder information, and references. Further details may be requested upon acceptance.
  • References can be in any style or format, so long as a consistent scholarly citation format is applied. For manuscripts submitted in LaTeX format a .bib reference file must be included. Author name(s), journal or book title, article or chapter title, year of publication, volume and issue (where appropriate) and page numbers are essential. All bibliographic entries must contain a corresponding in-text citation. The addition of DOI (Digital Object Identifier) numbers is recommended but not essential.
  • The journal reference style will be applied to the paper post-acceptance by Taylor & Francis.
  • Spelling can be US or UK English so long as usage is consistent.

Note that, regardless of the file format of the original submission, an editable version of the article must be supplied at the revision stage.

Instructions for Authors