The goal of this supplementary WTPP website in process is to create a comprehensive, easy-to-use free archive offering ready access to the close to seventy editions of the Journal of World Transport Policy & Practice that have published under the leadership of Founding Editor John Whitelegg since 1995. We also offer here one-click connections to a certain number of supporting projects and media, which you can see on the left hand column here.
The following represents a preliminary listing of key links and sources which in our view will constitute useful reference materials and background for our readers on the matters that concern us here. This listing will be extended and refined on a regular basis. The titles in each case are directly linked to the indicated titles.
Please let us know if there are other sources that you think should be added here. (Eventually we may loop them on into a combined search engine. But first let’s develop our source list.)
24 May 2014: Here you have an example of a roughly 80% ready to go article for publication which still needs work with layout and graphics in order to provide a clean copy for the first of the e-journal versions of WTPP that came out back in early 2000. The production process to bring it to this (a) starts with the original (unsearchable) PDF, (b) which we then convert to the present still imperfect text version (which in this case required about an hour of work to bring it to this stage). Next in a final preparatory stage, we will bring in graphics and clean up the formatting. Then we will be able to post in fully searchable, nicely readable final. If you have any thoughts or hints for us on this routine, please do get in touch.
We have been hard at it supporting and contributing to the Journal of World Transport Policy and Practice under the leadership of John Whitelegg since 1995. We are now in the 19th year of publication with seventy editions already in circulation, offering close to three hundred original articles by contributors from every continent on the planet. An extremely valuable and unique resource.
But a book or journal is not only a valuable source of information, but to an extent it also works as a kind of prison. This may not be immediately self-evident. But if you look closely you will see that once something gets published and a few years pass, the individual articles tend, no matter how brilliant and insightful, all too often to get lost in the rush of time. And particularly of course if we are talking about a collection. And that is what this project is all about. (And if you think “Free Willy” you actually do have a point.)
The WTPP Archives are intended to serve anyone who may have missed these articles the first time around, and in particular younger researchers, academics, activists and people working with transportation/environment/cities groups and agencies in cities and countries on all continents. At the same time this site and its several social media extensions provides an opportunity for comment and discussion.
1. Search by keywords: This is a simple search engine, less flexible than Google but perfectly serviceable for a start.
4 Nov. 2012: Still work in progress.
Cons: At present takes reader only to the indicated volume number, and not direct to article. In time it is the intention that the volume contents will be disaggregated so that each article is directly accessible. Also from 2005 on has still to be completed. Also several links are still missing and need to be added.
Here you have the latest WTPP Author Index from the current Eco-Logica site. We are adding it here with the intent of completing and updating it, and possibly putting it into more flexible form for referencing. Already it brings with it the advantage of being fully searchable, so it is definitely a step in the right direction: