GUIDELINES

Journal On Tourism & Sustainability (JOTS) is a free peer-reviewed journal with open access and based in Oxford, UK. The Journal is published by OTS Academy based in Oxford, UK and published biannually (November – December / May – June). 

Manuscripts submissions should make sure that they comply with the following:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in comments to the Editor)
  • Findings are correctly presented
  • Discussion of the significance of their findings is included
  • Include only those who qualify for authorship
  • Authorship changes require the approval of all authors including any to be removed
  • Disclose any conflict of interest
  • Data and methods section are correctly presented
  • Original research results are published
  • Obtain permission to publish from the copyright holder for any previously published content (including quotations, figures, or tables).

This journal uses double-blind review, which means that both the reviewer and author identities are concealed from the reviewers, and vice versa, throughout the review process.

Quality is ensured by rigorous, anonymous peer evaluation of each main paper by two independent referees. The Editors, on behalf of the Editorial Board, make the final decision concerning publication.  Submission is online through the journal’s website and On Tourism Academy submission system.

All manuscripts should be submitted using the online system -HERE.

Guidelines for submission are available directly from the submission form -HERE.

FULL PAPERS should be no longer than 6000 words; manuscripts would be reviewed anonymously (2 reviewers) and if required, returned to authors for revision. These should be accompanied by an abstract of 200-250 words with five-six keywords. Footnotes must be avoided. Diagrams and Figures should be clearly related to the sections of the text to which they refer. They should be placed within the text where they are to be published.

SHORTER ITEMS
Research notes should be no longer than 3000 words. These would be reviewed anonymously (2 reviewers) and if required, returned to authors for revision. These should be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words with five-six keywords.

Industry Reports should be no longer than 2000 words. These would be reviewed anonymously (2 reviewers) and if required, returned to authors for revision. These should be accompanied by an abstract of 200 words with five-six keywords.

Conference Reports should not exceed 1000 words

Book Reviews should not exceed 800 words.

The main responsibilities of JOTS’s Editorial Board are:

• To ensure that the needs of our readers and authors are met, to continuously improve our journal and guarantee the quality and excellence of the material that is published within the journal.
• JOTS have the responsibility and authority to (a) reject the submission of a manuscript if it does not meet the minimum characteristics of a scientific article and the guidelines contained in the JOTS publication rules; (b) reject or accept an article, after passing through the two stages of review, being the last decision for publication or not. The final decision on publication is taken by the Editor-in-Chief.
• To avoid any conflicts of interest in relation to articles that may result from links of a competitive, collaborative, or close nature with the authors or institutions contained in the manuscripts.
• Ensure the permanent confidentiality of the authorship of the works, as well as the anonymity of the experts who evaluate the manuscripts.
• The selection and order of the articles to be published, the definition of the image and general design of the edition, the attribution of the Editorial wording, the indication of editorial procedures of an administrative nature and the introduction of advertising spaces.

JOTS’s Editorial Team is also responsible for: (a) responding to all requests and/or queries from authors and reviewers, as long as they are timely related to the processing process of scientific articles or to the ethical conduct defined in this document; (b) provide the reviewers with the necessary tools to carry out the scientific review, namely, the files of the articles and complementary data (tables, figures, annexes, etc.), as well as the evaluation forms; (c) provide access to the JOTS publication rules and the Submission Declaration form; (d) undertake the best promotion, dissemination and commercialization of the articles and, therefore, of the published editions; and (e) send, free of charge, to the author.

In cases of alleged or proven scientific misconduct, fraudulent publication or plagiarism, the Editor-in-chief, in close collaboration with the Associate Editors, will take all appropriate measures to clarify the situation and amend the article in question. This includes immediate publication of an errata, clarification or, in the worst case, withdrawal of the affected work. The Editor-in-chief, in conjunction with the Editorial Board, must take reasonable steps to identify and prevent publication of articles in which research misconduct is found, and under no circumstances encourage such misconduct.

In case of complaint or detection of plagiarism, double submission, false data, or disagreement of the authors in the publication, the Editorial Team of JOTS will proceed as follows:

1. Evaluate the type of allegation/suspicion depending on the circumstances and characteristics.
2. Contact the author on whom the complaint/suspicion falls.
3. Investigate the veracity and extent of the ethical violation, analysing it objectively, in accordance with the ethical principles of this document.
4. Apply one of the procedures provided in this document.

Misconduct and unethical behaviour may be identified and brought to the attention of the Editor-in-chief at any time, by anyone. Whoever informs the Editor-in-chief must provide sufficient information based on evidence for any investigation to be commenced. All allegations must be taken seriously and treated equally until a successful decision or conclusion is reached. In making the final decision, the Editor-in-Chief should consult with the Associate Editors if appropriate. Evidence must be gathered, avoiding spreading any allegations beyond those who need to know.

Minor Violations

A minor breach of conduct should be handled with care without the need to consult other stakeholders. In any case, the author must be given the opportunity to respond to any allegations.

Serious Violations

A serious breach of conduct may require notification to the accused’s employers. The Editor-in-Chief, in consultation with the Associate Editors, should decide whether or not to involve employers, either by examining available data or by consulting a limited number of experts. In case of verification of the existence of plagiarism, or self-plagiarism, the Editors reserve the right to choose one of the following procedures, or to apply them cumulatively:
• Formally withdraw the article.
• Publish a clarification note on the withdrawn article.
Provide clarification on the case on the website or in the next issue.
• Post the link to the original source. The link to the removed article now contains the clarification note. The article may remain available, in case it is considered that it will allow the reader a better understanding of what happened.
• Publish an editorial discussing the case.
• Decide on future acceptance of the author’s work.

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY) 4.0 License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work’s authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal’s published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work.

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

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