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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).
  • If this is an empirical study, it has either a European context or clearly stated implications for the European tourism industry.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word file format and all identifying details of the authors have been removed from the file properties.
  • DOI numbers and URLs for ALL references, including books, have been provided.
  • The text is spaced at 1.5; 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 abstract is included in the anonymised file with the full text of the paper.

Author Guidelines


  1. The European Journal of Tourism Research (EJTR) accepts for review only manuscripts that have not been published previously in any language and are not being reviewed for possible publication in other journals.
  2. Submissions must be made via the journal's submission system at
  3. The EJTR applies a double-blind review process. The author(s) and the reviewers of the submitted manuscript remain anonymous in order to guarantee the impartial and fair review of the manuscripts.
  4. The EJTR is an open-access journal. There are no charges for publication in the journal.
  5. Empirical studies need to have either a European context or clearly stated implications for the European tourism industry


  1. Regular articles should normally have between 4000 and 20000 words. The EJTR especially welcomes contributions between 10000 and 20000 words. The paper must include an introduction, literature review, methodology, results, discussion, and conclusion. The proposed structure is not compulsory and may vary depending on the specific paper.
  2. Research notes should normally have between 1500 and 2000 words.
  3. In the Tourism Best Practices section of the journal are included papers of between 1000 and 2000 words. These contributions are predominantly practically oriented and are not expected to further develop theoretical knowledge in the field of tourism, but rather show in the form of a case study how theoretical concepts find their application in the management of tourist enterprises.
  4. The regular article, research notes, and case studies in the Tourism Best Practices section are subject to a double-blind review. They shall be reviewed by at least two anonymous referees.
  5. Book reviews should be up to 1500 words and contain the following information: author(s) or editor(s) for edited books, title, publisher, ISBN, year of publication, number of pages, original language of publication, resume of the content, how this book contributes to tourism knowledge.
  6. Doctoral dissertations in tourism. The EJTR publishes resumes of successfully defended Ph. D. theses in tourism studies in the past 12 months before the date of submission. The submitted resumes should be no more than 2000 words and are not subject to review. They must include the following information: author, the affiliation of the author, contact details of the author, title of the dissertation, supervisor, institution awarding the Ph. D. degree, date of defense, goal and objectives of the dissertation, methodology, results, theoretical conclusions, practical application of the dissertation, and content of the dissertation (including abstracts of all chapters). The submitted resume of the dissertation must be accompanied by an official letter from the supervisor that the resume correctly represents the content of the dissertation.  A template for a doctoral dissertation summary can be downloaded here.


  1. Changes in revised versions of manuscripts should be clearly indicated with yellow highlighting of the text.
  2. Authors need to present a detailed report that elaborates how each comment of the editor(s) and the reviewers has been addressed. A template for the author's report is available here.


  1. The submission of research papers, review papers, case studies, and research notes must include at least two separate files: a title page with authors' details, and the main text without authors' details. Doctoral dissertation summaries should be formatted as per this template.
  2. The title page of the manuscript should include: title of the manuscript, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), contact details of the corresponding author (postal address, phone, e-mail), an abstract of 100-200 words, and not more than 6 keywords.
  3. The corresponding author shall receive all correspondence and off-prints. He/she is also responsible for proof checks.
  4. Manuscript formatting requirements: Paper size: A4; Page margins: top/bottom/left/right – 2.5 cm = 1 inch; Text spacing: 1.5; Font: Times New Roman; Font size: 12 points; Alignment: justified. No footnotes allowed. Use endnotes instead.
  5. The text must be written in British English
  6. Headings formatting – must be bold, not in capital letters, no indent. Place one return after the previous paragraph. First-order headings must be bold (e.g. 1. Introduction), while the second- and third-order headings should be in italic (e.g. 1.1. Rationale).
  7. Tables and Figures should be incorporated into the text. They must be numbered using Arabic numerals. The title and number of the table have to be above the table, aligned left, and not in capital letters. The name of the table should be in italic. The title and number of the figure have to be below the figure, centred, in italic and not in capital letters. The figures must be provided in a print-ready form in their final size.
  8. In the text, references must be included in APA style – “author, date” style (e.g. Webster, 2005). Page numbers for specific points or direct quotations must be given. The reference list must be placed at the end of the manuscript and ordered in alphabetical order of authors. All references must include doi links. If a doi link is not available, a link to the publication on the publisher's website is required. A link to another website (e.g. Google Books, Researchgate, etc.) is acceptable if only the publisher's website does not exist anymore. References without verifiable links are not accepted. This applies to books and conference proceedings as well. Specific formats:
    • For journal articles - Hassan, M. A. E., Zerva, K., & Aulet, S. (2023). Brand personality positioning of world heritage sites: A text mining approach. European Journal of Tourism Research35, 3505.
    • For edited books and monographs - Ivanova, M., Ivanov, S., & Magnini, V. (Eds.) (2016). Routledge Handbook of Hotel Chain Management. London: Routledge.
    • For authored books and monographs - Altinay, L., Paraskevas, A., & Ali, F. (2024). Planning research in hospitality and tourism. 3rd ed. Oxon and New York: Routledge.
    • For chapters in books – Bachvarov, M. (2006). Tourism in Bulgaria. In Hall, D., M. Smith, & B. Marciszewska (Eds.) (2006). Tourism in New Europe. The challenges and opportunities of EU enlargement. Wallingford: CAB International, 241-255.
    • For conference reports – Ivanov, S., & Webster, C. (2019). What should robots do? A comparative analysis of industry professionals, educators and tourists. In Pesonen, J. & Neidhardt, J. (Eds.) Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism 2019, Proceedings of the International Conference in Nicosia, Cyprus, 30.01-01.02.2019, pp. 249-262.
    • For Internet sources - Belavina, E. (2020). Crowdfunding for Hospitality Ventures. Center for Hospitality Research Reports.
      (Accessed on 18.06.2024)


  1. Proofs of accepted papers shall be sent to the corresponding authors for editing. Major revisions in the text are not allowed except in case of editors’ or publisher’s mistakes.
  2. The authors will receive the pdf file of the final published version.

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