Indexed in the Social Sciences Citation Index® with an Impact Factor of 2.442, and is ranked 4/43 in Hospitality, Leisure, Sport & Tourism.
The Journal of Travel Research (JTR) is the premier, peer-reviewed research journal focusing on travel and tourism behavior, management and development. JTR provides researchers, educators, and professionals with up-to-date, high quality research on behavioral trends and management theory for one of the most influential and dynamic industries. Founded in 1961, JTR is the oldest of the world’s top-ranked scholarly journals focused exclusively on travel and tourism, reflecting the worldwide importance of tourism, both economically and socially.
Published by SAGE, an international leader in social science and business publishing, JTR publishes the most current and influential scholarship on travel and tourism.
The Journal of Travel Research publishes state-of-the-art research on the most important trends and issues in travel and tourism. JTR offers an international and multidisciplinary perspective on the best development and management practices by publishing research which enhances knowledge of important travel and tourism phenomena. JTR thereby contributes to the development of theory which enables improvements in tourism development policy and strategy; managerial practice; economic, social and environmental outcomes; and education and training programs.
All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Travel Research are double-blind, peer-reviewed by leading tourism scholars. The JTR editorial review board includes top tourism scholars identified on the basis of their current research and scholarly contributions.
This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
The mission of the Journal of Travel Research is to be the premier, peer-reviewed research journal focused on travel and tourism management, development and business. Given the multifaceted, multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder character of the tourism economy, this focus implies a concern for both the public and private sector spheres of interest as well as economic, socio-cultural, political, environmental, legal, technological, and demographic issues. Specific goals are to be international in scope with geographic diversity, to be multidisciplinary with diversity in research topics and methodologies, and to be germane to the needs of the travel and tourism industry and its stakeholders.
All manuscripts published in the Journal of Travel Research are double-blind, peer-reviewed by accomplished scholars in the topical area. The standard for publication in the Journal of Travel Research is that a paper must make a substantive contribution, either theoretically or methodologically, to the travel and tourism research literature. Additionally, a paper should specify its contribution to pragmatic tourism management concerns and practice.
Published manuscripts must be on research of the highest standards, on topics of major significance and widespread interest, and relevant to the progress of this important global sector.
|Charles R. Goeldner||University of Colorado, USA|
|Sara Dolnicar||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Kathleen L. Andereck||Arizona State University West, USA|
|Sara Dolnicar||University of Queensland, Australia|
|James F. Petrick||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Muzaffer Uysal||Virginia Tech, USA|
|Jorge Araña||Universidad de Las palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain|
|Albert Assaf||University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA|
|Guy Assaker||Lebanese American University, Lebanon|
|George Athanasopoulos||Monash University, Australia|
|Carla Barbieri||North Carolina State University, USA|
|Carlos Pestana Barros||Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal|
|Kenneth R. Bartkus||Utah State University, USA|
|Susanne Becken||Griffith University, Australia|
|Pierre Benckendorff||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Pietro Beritelli||University of St Gallen, Switzerland|
|David Bojanic||University of Texas, San Antonio, USA|
|Bynum Boley||University of Georgia, USA|
|Soyoung Boo||George Washington University, USA|
|Kelly Bricker||University of Utah, USA|
|Dimitrios Buhalis||Bournemouth University, UK|
|Rachel Chen||University of Tennessee, USA|
|Shu Tian Cole||Indiana University, USA|
|Antónia Correia||Universidade Europeia, Portugal|
|Robertico Croes||University of Central Florida, USA|
|John Crotts||College of Charleston, USA|
|Larry Dwyer||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Yuksel Ekinci||Reading University, United Kingdom|
|Eyal Ert||The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|David Fennell||Brock University, Canada|
|Daniel R. Fesenmaier||University of Florida, USA|
|Aliza Fleischer||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Isabelle Frochot||Universite de Savoie, France|
|Matthias Fuchs||Mid-Sweden University, Sweden|
|Nancy Gard-McGehee||Virginia Tech, USA|
|Alison Gill||Simon Fraser University, Canada|
|Juergen Gnoth||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Ulriek Gretzel||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Sameer Hosany||Royal Holloway, University of London, UK|
|Cathy H. C. Hsu||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China|
|Twan Huybers||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Ken Hyde||AUT University, New Zealand|
|SooCheong Shawn Jang||Purdue University, USA|
|Alexander Josiassen||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|David B. Klenosky||Purdue University, USA|
|Carol Kline||Appalachian State University, USA|
|Ljubica Kneževic||University of Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Metin Kozak||Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey|
|Nada Kulendran||Victoria University, Australia|
|Christian Laesser||University of St. Gallen, Switzerland|
|Jennifer Laing||Latrobe University, Australia|
|Jenny (Jiyeon) Lee||University of New South Wales, Australia|
|Timothy Lee||Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Japan|
|Patrick Legohérel||University of Angers, France|
|Maria Lexhagen||Mittuniversitetet, Sweden|
|Gang Li||University of Surrey, UK|
|Mimi Li||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China|
|Xiang (Robert) Li||Temple University, USA|
|Stephen W. Litvin||College of Charleston, USA|
|Kevin Lyons||University of Newcastle, Australia|
|Kelly J. MacKay||Ryerson University, Canada|
|Yoel Mansfeld||University of Haifa, Israel|
|Anna Mattila||Pennsylvania State University, USA|
|Robert McKercher||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China|
|Tanja Mihalic||University of Ljubljana, Slovenia|
|Jeroen Nawijn||NHTV Breda University of Applied Science, Netherlands|
|Sarah Nicholls||Michigan State University, USA|
|Norma Nickerson||University of Montana, USA|
|Juan Nicolau||University of Alicante, Spain|
|Robin Nunkoo||University of Mauritius, Mauritius|
|Gyan Nyaupane||Arizona State University, USA|
|Chi-Ok Oh||Chonnam National University, South Korea|
|Harmen Oppewal||Monash University, Austalia|
|Bing Pan||College of Charleston, USA|
|Harald Pechlaner||University of Eichstaett, Germany|
|Nicolas Peypoch||University of Perpignan Via Domitia, France|
|Christoff Pforr||Curtin University, Australia|
|Yaniv Poria||Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel|
|Girish Prayag||University of Canterbury, New Zealand|
|Nina Prebensen||University of Tromso, Norway|
|Arie Reichel||Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel|
|Brent Ritchie||University of Queensland, Australia|
|Haywantee Rumi Ramkissoon||Curtin University, Australia|
|Carla A. Santos||University of Illinois, USA|
|Neelu Seetaram||Bournemouth University, UK|
|Marianna Sigala||University of South Australia, Australia|
|Ercan Sirakaya Turk||University of South Carolina, USA|
|M. Joseph Sirgy||Virginia Tech, USA|
|Egon Smeral||MODUL University, Austria|
|Haiyan Song||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China|
|Beverly Sparks||Gold Coast Campus, Griffith University, Australia|
|Svetlana Stepchenkova||University of Florida, USA|
|Sarah Tanford||University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA|
|Lindsay W. Turner||School of Applied Economics Victoria University, Australia|
|Natan Uriely||Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel|
|Christine A. Vogt||Arizona State University, USA|
|David B. Weaver||Griffith University, Australia|
|Betty Weiler||Southern Cross University, Australia|
|John Williams||University of Otago, New Zealand|
|Peter W. Williams||Simon Fraser University|
|Karl Wöber||MODUL University, Austria|
|IpKin Anthony Wong||City University of Macau, China|
|Kyle Woosnam||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Zheng Xiang||University of North Texas, USA|
|Honggen Xiao||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong|
|Yang Yang||Temple University, USA|
|Anita Zehrer||MCI Management Center, Austria|
|Ye Zhang||Florida Atlantic University, USA|
The Journal of Travel Research publishes articles examining travel and tourism behavior, management, development and business. Its purpose is to serve as a medium through which those with research interests can exchange ideas and keep abreast of the latest theoretical, methodological and best practices research.
Three types of manuscripts can be submitted to the Journal of Travel Research.
Empirical Research Articles:
The Journal of Travel Research encourages data-based articles which describe, explain, or predict a tourism phenomenon. Articles using quantitative, qualitative or mixed-methods data are encouraged. These articles should be “problem based”, focusing on a practical tourism development, management or marketing problem. The standard for acceptance is that a paper must make a substantive theoretical and/or methodological contribution to the tourism research literature.
Foundations of Tourism Research Conceptual Articles:
The Journal of Travel Research encourages the development of high-quality articles which are broadly conceptual with the goal of building theory and/or reviewing and evaluating the body of research in a substantive and important area. The goals of these papers should be improved conceptual clarity, holistic review of the current research, theory building and expansion, and innovation with forward looking outcomes which propose new opportunities and ideas. These articles may be wholly conceptual or conceptual/empirical with meta-analytic data. Authors of such articles must be invited, or commissioned by the Foundation Series Editor. Lead authors will be internationally leading experts in the field.
Letters to the Editor:
The Journal of Travel Research encourages conversation! The purpose of these letters will be to provoke conversation, review our research endeavors, and commentary on our research problems, assumptions, methodologies and evaluation. Also included are comments about our publication process and expectations. Finally, constructive commentary concerning research publications is encouraged.
All Empirical Research Articles and Foundations of Tourism Research Conceptual Articles submitted to the Journal of Travel Research are first assessed by the Editors to determine their suitability for potential publication in JTR. Subsequently, selected manuscripts are then double-blind, peer reviewed by accomplished scholars in the topical area. Acceptance of Letters to the Editor will be the prerogative of the Editor. In all cases, the standard for publication in the Journal of Travel Research is that a paper must make a substantive theoretical and/or methodological contribution to the tourism research literature.
JTR receives several hundred submissions per year. The page budget for the journal permits us to publish only a small portion of these (around 80 articles per year currently) and so the competition for a publication slot can be quite high. JTR is therefore unable to publish many of the manuscripts it receives. So to provide authors with some guidance on the factors which have the greatest impact on manuscript acceptance/rejection, the following points may be helpful as a general guide. However, each manuscript is ultimately judged on its merits.
- The research must fit with the aims and scope of JTR. JTR publishes substantive travel and tourism research manuscripts. JTR is therefore not primarily a hospitality/hotel management, leisure and recreation management, or event management research journal. But JTR does publish some research which blends into these fields of research providing the focus of the research has a strong travel and tourism aim.
- JTR has a preference for publishing papers which are on the ‘leading edge of the wave’ or are breaking new and important ground that will become the foundation for interest in tourism research into the future. JTR seeks to lead travel and tourism research and to help shape the tourism research agenda rather than serving merely as a follower. Many studies are undertaken on topics for which there is already a major body of literature. JTR welcomes further research on these well-established research issues providing they lead to important, new results. This might occur if the research advances findings further into new important situations or helps to fill important gaps. It might also occur if the findings challenge orthodox assumptions and paradigms, or revolutionize knowledge on the issue. But if research on already heavily-researched issues simply adds yet one further similar study to the mix, JTR is unlikely to be interested in publishing the manuscript.
- JTR does not have a bias towards or away from any particular methodologies. What matters is whether the research is designed and executed well and the research topic is of significant interest. It is important to explain and justify why the selected methodology is the most appropriate from among the various approaches available, given the research aims and objectives.
- Many studies are undertaken with a focus on addressing a particular local situation or context. Unless the results from such studies have broader relevance, or unless the ‘context’ itself is of widespread interest, such research is unlikely to be publishable in JTR. The findings may indeed be of great interest and relevance to the local tourism sector. But if no one else finds the research outcomes to be worthwhile, JTR is probably not the right target journal.
- Minor English grammar and expression problems can be potentially addressed by the author through the manuscript review process but major problems will result in rejection. Only manuscripts with a high standard of English in the final manuscript version are publishable. It is always the author’s responsibility to ensure a high English standard.
- Finally, every manuscript is competing for a limited number of publications slots per year. So sometimes very good research can miss out on a place in JTR simply because there are other more deserving manuscripts.
In summary, to be publishable in the Journal of Travel Research, manuscripts must simultaneously:
- Be on important, contemporary travel and tourism research issues,
- Have a very significant impact on theory and methodology,
- Be of widespread interest and relevance to the journal’s audience,
- Report research which fits the aim and scope of the journal, and
- Be expressed and presented in English to a very high standard.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided herein. The Journal of Travel Research (JTR) is hosted on SAGETRACK: a web-based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jotr to login and submit your article online.
Important note: If you are submitting to your journal via SAGE Track, please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online, please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
Manuscripts are submitted as two files. The first file is the cover page with the manuscript title, author names, affiliations, and both postal and e-mail addresses. The second file, the body of the article, includes the title, abstract, text body, references, tables and figures.
The process of manuscript submission requires that authors log into the Manuscript Central website and follow the outlined steps for manuscript submission.
Questions concerning manuscript submission and processing should be addressed to the Editor at Geoffrey.Crouch@latrobe.edu.au
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing/fair use for criticism and review, please visit our FAQ: Permission section on SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
To be considered for publication in the Journal of Travel Research, manuscripts must meet the following standards:
- Everything is double spaced.
- Everything is left justified, with a ragged right-hand margin (no full justification)
- Format is one inch margins on all sides. Minimum print size is 12 point, except in tables and figures where 10 pt may be used.
- Manuscripts are submitted as two files: The cover page and the manuscript body.
- The cover page should include the manuscript title, ALL authors’ name, position, affiliation, address, telephone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, and any acknowledgements.
- The manuscript file should contain the title, abstract, 4 to 5 keywords, text, appendices, notes, references, each table, and each figure.
- Authors’ names are to appear only on the cover page. There should be nothing in the manuscript file that identifies the authors either by name or institution.
- Tables and figures are not to be embedded in the manuscript – each table and figure should be provided as a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Tags should be inserted in the manuscript indicating approximately where tables and figures should be located.
- Within the manuscript file, Title, Abstract and keywords should be on one page. After that, each section is to begin with a new page.
- Abstract is to be 150 words or less
- Manuscripts must be 10,000 words or less. Due to page limitations and the desire to accommodate as many authors as possible, this should be considered a hard limit.
- American English spellings are used in all sections except references. SAGE Publications requires English translations of all reference citations.
- Endnotes are to be grouped on a separate page. There are to be no footnotes
- All in-text citations should be included in the reference list, and all references should have in-text citations
- The reference list is to follow the Journal’s style, The Chicago Manual of Style (16th ed). While preparing the reference list, please do not truncate first names and change them to initials if the original source has the first names spelled out, in keeping with Chicago manual of Style. Further, the in-text citations can be set without a comma preceding the year, e.g., "Smith 1990" instead of "Smith, 1990" and the "pp." or "p." can be omitted when citing page numbers in the text, "Smith 1990, 23-24" instead of "Smith, 1990, pp. 23-24"
See the following examples:
Agrusa, J., S. S. Kim, and K.-C.Wang. 2011. “Mainland Chinese Tourists to Hawaii: Their Characteristics and Preferences.” Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing 28:261–78.
Journal article with issue number:
Beerli, A., and J. D. Martín. 2004. “Factors Influencing Destination Image.” Annals of Tourism Research 31 (3): 657–81.
Pallant, J. 2005. SPSS: Survival Manual. 2nd ed. New York: Open University Press.
Chapter in a multi-author, edited book:
Butler, R. W., and B. Mao. 1995. “Tourism between Quasi-states: International, Domestic or What?” In Change in Tourism: People, Places, Processes, edited by R. W. Butler and D. G. Pearce, 92–113. London: Routledge.
Editor (instead of author) of a book:
Butler, R. W., and D. G. Pearce, eds. 1995. Change in Tourism: People, Places, Processes. London: Routledge.
Book with author plus editor or translator:
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel. 1988. Love in the Time of Cholera. Translated [or Edited] by Edith Grossman. London: Cape.
Beerli, A., and J. D. Martín. 2004. “Factors Influencing Destination Image.” PhD diss., University of California, Los Angeles.
Beerli, A., and J. D. Martín. 2004. “Factors Influencing Destination Image.” Master’s thesis, University of California, Los Angeles.
Beerli, A., and J. D. Martín. 2004. “Factors Influencing Destination Image.” Unpublished manuscript, last modified December 3, 2013. Microsoft Word file.
Paper presented at a symposium or annual meeting:
Guthrie, John, and P. Gale. 1991. “Positioning Ski Areas—A Case Study: Central Otago, New Zealand.” Paper presented at the New Horizons in Tourism Conference, Calgary, Canada, March 10–14.
Journal article consulted online:
Agrusa, J., S. S. Kim, and K.-C.Wang. 2011. “Mainland Chinese Tourists to Hawaii: Their Characteristics and Preferences.” Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing 28:261–78. doi:10.1086/525508.
For an article published online ahead of the official publication date, when the pagination may not be available, the posted publication date should be used, as follows:
Agrusa, J., S. S. Kim, and K.-C.Wang. 2011. “Mainland Chinese Tourists to Hawaii: Their Characteristics and Preferences.” Journal of Travel and Tourism Marketing 28.Published online July 14.doi:10.1086/525508.
[The DOI can be replaced by a URL, but Chicago prefers the DOI as it applies to all media, print or electronic. Also, for formally published electronic sources, Chicago does not require access dates.]
Microsoft Corporation. 2006. “WD2000: Visual Basic Macro.” Revision 1.3.Microsoft Help and Support.Last modified November 23.http://support.microsoft.com/kb/212730.
Lasar, Matthew. 2008. “FCC Chair Willing to Consecrate XM-Sirius Union.” ArsTechnnica (blog). June 16.http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081006-fcc-chair-willing-to-conse....
McDonald, M. 2008. “Direct Flights between China and Taiwan Begin.” http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/15/news/15iht-15TAIWAN.18675854.html (accessed December 12, 2014).
IMF (International Monetary Fund). 2009. “World Economic Outlook. April 2009. Crisis and Recovery.”www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2009/01/pdf/text.pdf (accessed December 12, 2014).
Carey, Benedict. 2008. “For the Brain, Remembering Is Like Reliving.” New York Times, September 4. http://www.xxxxxxxxx
For a quick link to the Chicago manual of style: Chicago Manual of Style
Figures are to be camera ready; they must appear exactly as they should in the journal. The Journal of Travel Research is published in black and white. Figures should be black and white with gray and pattern shading if necessary. Any color requirements for the printed manuscript version will incur a charge to the author(s).
Tables should not have cells or lines dividing the different elements. Preferably, each element should be separated by a tab.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit the Artwork Guidelines section in SAGE’s manuscript submission guidelines page. Figures supplied in color will appear in color online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in color in the printed version. For specifically requested color reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article from the production editor.
Maximizing online discoverability
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
Promoting your article
If you think your article may be suitable for promotion, please flag this for the journal editor or your production contact at SAGE as early as possible in the publishing process. We have a variety of different promotional channels at our disposal to ensure your article reaches the widest possible audience. See Promote Your Journal for more information.
Author Guidelines for Revision
To enable you to revise your manuscript so as to give it the best chances of reaching a successful outcome, please carefully read these guidelines and follow them meticulously. It is essential that you understand that the invitation to revise and resubmit a paper is not a commitment on the part of the Journal of Travel Research to eventually accept and publish the paper. Even if the author addresses the concerns raised in the initial review, the further review of the revised manuscript must determine whether the paper then meets the standards required for publication in JTR.
As you revise your paper for resubmission to the Journal of Travel Research, please make sure it meets the following guidelines. If the paper is ultimately accepted, you will receive the list of formatting requirements again with a “it must meet…” statement. It is critical that you take care to ensure you meet these requirements as it can save a great deal of your time and our time at the typesetting stage.
Please submit your revised paper via the Journal of Travel Research Manuscript Central process. It is important that the paper be submitted as a revision of your first submission. Specifically, this means it would be submitted under the same manuscript number and be treated both by Manuscript Central and by the Editorial Office as a revised paper. This will result in a much faster review process.
Include with your submission a supplementary file indicating how the paper has been revised relative to the substantive comments made by the reviewers of the original version as well as any additional comments or requirements indicated by the Editor as contained in the decision email. It is important that this file be submitted together with the revised manuscript so that it can be forwarded it to the reviewers. This paper must explain how the authors have addressed the concerns raised in the initial review. Subsequent reviews focus specifically on this response. When you finish with your resubmission, you can review a pdf file of the complete submission – make sure the supplementary file is included. Also, since it is potentially going back to the reviewers, please be sure not to include your name or identity in the supplementary file.
To create this supplementary file you should:
Cut and paste all comments by each reviewer, as well any requirements indicated by the Editor in the decision email.
For each substantive comment, provide a detailed explanation and justification of your response.
Your response to each comment should clearly indicate whether or not a change has occurred in the manuscript and, if so, what that change is and precisely where it can be found.
If you are in disagreement with the reviewer comments or suggestions, or prefer an alternative approach to address an issue they have raised, this is quite acceptable. However, in such cases, you need to discuss and explain your views and justify your preferred approach either not to change the manuscript, or to change it in a different manner. Again, any change should be clearly explained and its location in the manuscript specified.
Attending to these points adequately will significantly benefit the further review of revised manuscripts.
In addition to responding to the reviewer comments, it is important to make sure the paper is current in its review of the literature. Often the manuscript process, from inception to completion, can take many months. It is important that, during each revision process, you update the review of literature, including, as appropriate, how this paper fits within the related papers published in the tourism literature and JTR over the past few years. Please also make sure to check for relevant manuscripts in the JTR Online First (http://jtr.sagepub.com/content/early/recent) listing as that is the most current papers that will be published in advance of your paper.