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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Journal of Tourism Quarterly is an open access journal. The journal does not charge a fee for publishing research articles. If you have any other requests please contact journal’s editor, Dr. Dogan Gursoy (dgursoy@wsu.edu).


All author’s details should be printed on a separate sheet and the author(s) should not be identified anywhere else in the article.

All manuscripts must be the original work not yet submitted to any other journals or publications.  Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published elsewhere and that it has not been submitted simultaneously for publication elsewhere.  Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher.  All accepted manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the publisher.  Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged and authors should retain a copy of the manuscript exactly as it was submitted.

Manuscript Preparation

All manuscripts must be prepared in English and free of grammatical, spelling, and/or punctuation errors.  Please make sure the paper is thoroughly edited and proofread before submission. Three or more errors on a single page will result in immediate return of the paper to the corresponding author without further review.  All parts of the manuscript should be double-spaced, typewritten using Times New Roman font size 12 including tables, figures and references, with margins of at least one inch on all sides.  For authors outside North America, make sure the paper is set at 8 ½” x 11” letter-size and NOT the A-4 size.  Manuscript pages should be numbered consecutively throughout the paper.

All author’s details should be printed on a separate sheet and the author(s) should not be identified anywhere else in the article.

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a short abstract of about 150 words and a list of no more than six key words, which define the subject matter. Avoid abbreviations, diagrams, and reference to the text in the abstract.

All manuscripts should include at least the following sections:

  • Introduction
  • Literature review
  • Methodology, Results
  • Discussions
  • Implementations
  • Limitations
  • Conclusions,
  • References

Manuscripts should normally not exceed 9000 words (everything included) and must be prepared using APA format.  All references cited in the article must be listed in the References and the names must be spelled correctly in both places (This is one point that often is overlooked).  Please do NOT use footnotes and do NOT list references as footnotes at the end of each page.

Please make sure that all tables, figures, and charts are complete, accurate, correctly titled according to APA format, and are correctly referenced in the text.  If any table, figure or chart is taken directly from another publication, you need to include a release (permission to publish) from the original publisher.  Tables, figures, and charts should not be placed in the text. They should be placed after the completed references.


References, citations, and general style of manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with the APA Publication Manual, 6th ed.  Cite in the text by author and date (Gursoy, 2019) and include an alphabetical list at the end of the article.  Examples:


Gursoy, D. (2019). A critical review of determinants of information search behavior and utilization of online reviews in decision making process. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 76, 53-60.

Gursoy, D., & McCleary, K. W. (2004). An integrative model of tourists ‘information search behavior. Annals of Tourism Research, 31(2), 353-373.

Gursoy, D., Chi, C. G. Q., & Karadag, E. (2013). Generational differences in work values and attitudes among frontline and service contact employees. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 32, 40-48.

Book: Sotiriadis, M., & Gursoy, D. (Eds.). (2016). The handbook of managing and marketing tourism experiences. Bingley, UK: Emerald. 

Contribution to a Book: Hartley, J. T., & Walsh, D. A. (1980). Contemporary issues in adult development of learning. In L. W. Poon (Ed.), Ageing in the 1980s (pp. 239-252). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.


Acknowledgement is optional and should appear after the references and before the appendices.

Any “appendices” should appear at the end of the article after the list of references and acknowledgement (if applicable).

Tables and Figures

Tables and figures (illustrations) should not be embedded in the text, but should be included as separate sheets or files.  A short descriptive title should appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably identified below.  All units must be included.  Figures should be completely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction.  Captions should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet.

Editorial Processing

All manuscripts undergo an internal review process involving Journal of Tourism Quarterly editors and may include members of the editorial board.  This process can take as long as two to four weeks, after which manuscripts are either rejected or sent into peer review pursuant to possible publication.  Peer review may take an additional eight to ten weeks.  The decision to publish is ultimately predicated upon the outcome of peer review, the judgment of Journal of Tourism Quarterly editors, and, if necessary, a satisfactory editing and/or revision process that meets Journal of Tourism Quarterly standards.

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