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Volume 6 (3) 2017 is now open.
Our New Editor in Chief
Willem J.L. Coetzee, (PhD) serves in the Department of Tourism at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Overall, his research theme is within the nexus of tourism, with a focus on (i) protected areas, sustainability, small town tourism and World heritage sites and (ii) mega and hallmark events. He has explored specific issues among stakeholders in and around protected areas in Southern Africa and the impacts of nature based tourism on surrounding communities. His recent publications revolve around perceptions and consumer behaviours of attendees at sporting events (for example the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa) as well as music events, such as the Cape Town and Johannesburg Jazz Festivals. Willem has been involved in a range of tourism supply-and-demand projects in small towns and the formulation of tourism masterplans for such communities.
We are very pleased to advise that the AJHTL journal has been selected to receive the International Star for Leadership in Quality (ISLQ) Award in the Gold category at the lnternational BlD Quality Convention which will take place in Paris, France, later in the year.
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Dedicated to the beloved memory of the first president and father of the South African democracy and the greatest son of Africa - NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA (1918-2013)
AJHTL is an ACCREDITED journal appearing on the DHET list of approved South African journals
from January 2014
Periodicity: For 2017 Four ELECTRONIC format editions will be published (March, June, September, December) and one special edition
Foundation year: 2004
Global Impact factor: 2016: 1.017, 2015: 0.998, 2014: 0.785, 2013: 0.592, 2012: 0.475 www.globalimpactfactor.com
Journals Consortium Journal Influence Factor: 2015 0.87 http://ranking.journalsconsortium.org
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ISSN 2223 814X : This is an open-access journal - free use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium is allowed, provided that the journal, and original author/s are credited.
Article Processing Charges
There is no charge to submit a paper, but publishing a paper in AJHTL requires paper processing charges. Publication charges includes publishing and administrative expense.
Fees payable after peer-reviews but before publication: Foreign authors -R2550.00 and bank charges must also be added per article - payment must be at the prevailing US$/ZAR Exchange rate. Note:This does not includes bank charges which are to your account. Local authors payment in rand is R2550.00 (ZAR) per article. Proof of payment must be made via email. Banking details will be provided on invoices sent out to authors.
Please note: If articles are not paid for by the stipulated date on the invoice, they will be permanently removed from the site and we reserve the right to not re-accept them under any circumstances.
Waiver policy: Articles from the following list of developing nations may be considered for publication at no charge:
Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoro, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Rep. Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia,Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya,Lesotho,Liberia,Madagascar,Malawi,Mali,Mauritania,Micronesia, Morocco,Mozambique, Myanmar,Namibia,Nepal,
Nicaragua, Niger, PapuaNewGuinea,Republic of Moldova, Rwanda, Senegal,Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands,Somalia,
SouthSudan,Sudan,Swaziland,Tajikistan,Togo,Tokelau,Tuvalu, Uganda,Tanzania, Uzbekistan,Vanuatu,VietNam,Yemen,
Zambia, Zimbabwe NOTE: Only 5 articles per edition will be considered in the waiving of fees.
Open Access – AJHTL is free from all access barriers, allowing for the best possible global dissemination of your article.
Retain copyright – you retain copyright and are free to disseminate your article, make copies for any use, and/or deposit in any repository or archive you like, provided you inform us thereof and cite the journal.
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AJHTL is a proudly African, independent privately owned multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal, not aligned to any institution, published quarterly. We encourage academic debate and are fully electronic and dedicated to increasing the depth of research across a range of related disciplines with the primary objective of promoting research. New researchers are especially welcome to submit articles to us for consideration. Our articles are read by scholars, students and industry globally.
Only authors may submit a paper for review. Only original research is considered for publication. Articles that have been either published elsewhere or which are currently considered for publication elsewhere, must not be submitted for reviewingt. A journal publication might take from about one months up to one nine months to appear.The review process starts when the final paper is submitted to us and only after the author has provided formal declaration of consent for the publication. If an article is to be published after peer-reviewing authors must attend to all revisions prior to publication. Our process is becoming very competitive, and less than 43% of papers considered, are finally accepted for publication. Authors must be certain that their paper meets the academic standards of rigorous scholarly research. Authors must have reviewed and cited the critical and recent English references that relate to the research paper. Where other language references are used these must be translated.
RIGOROUS PEER REVIEW PROCESS
The journal welcomes the submission of articles that satisfy the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence in the disciplines covered by its scope, and will publish only Original articles. The journal includes editorials as well as book reviews from time to time.
All articles published in AJHTL are double-blind peer reviewed by scholars who are experts in the subject/topic areas and in the disciplinary or methodological approach used. The main criterion for publication in AJHTL is that the paper must make a clear contribution substantively, theoretically or methodologically, to the body of knowledge in a specific field.
Our peer-reviewing is fair and decreases bias and we apply consistent standards in our peer-review processes.
Our Editor, Managing Editor and reviewers are never be involved in editorial decisions about their own work.
We have created and maintained a database of suitably qualified peer reviewers and their performance is impartially monitored for both quality and the timeliness of their reviews.
Articles are carefully reviewed, constructive criticisms are made and recommendations for publication or otherwise are made. All submitted articles are promptly and rigorously peer reviewed and may only be accepted after the requisite double blind peer review process stated above as per ASSAf recommendations. All submissions must be original and free from plagiarism and should not have been published anywhere else. The journal secretary collates the two (sometimes three) reviewers' comments into one template which is then sent back to the author/s for revision and resubmission for publication after a check.
All research articles published in the journal have undergone rigorous peer reviews, based on initial editor screening and anonymous refereeing. The responsibility for opinions conveyed and for the accuracy of facts published in articles and book reviews rests exclusively with the individual authors.
Our goal is to ensure a high standard of scholarship with in-depth substantive review prior to all publication. Our editorial staff are subject to the same rules and all reviews are anonymous with anonymous reviewers to limit bias. Overall quality and originality is assessed in terms of structure, narrative, themes, methods and contribution to the body of knowledge. Authors may thus be expected to effect changes and make adaptations and revisions where appropriate before publication of any manuscript. We provide open access so that articles are available to all to read and at no charge.
Note that only 48, or less, articles will be published per each of the three or four editions and the journal reserves the right to publish either more or less depending on suitable peer reviewer availability and article quality. Special editions: may be published with no more than 10 articles per edition, however the journal reserves the right to add additional articles to such editions so as to reach parity between article numbers in different volumes of the same year. An administrative fee will be charged for such editions at a cost to be determined per article accepted. Other than this, no other fees are payable at all. Note also that no reasons need to be furnished to prospective authors as to why an article has been rejected, and if an article is beyond the scope of the journal it is rejected immediately.
We seek to make accessible a knowledgebase in a wide range of related disciplines. The AJHTL with its quality articles, showcasing both current and applicable knowledge in a number of disciplines directly or indirectly related to tourism, hospitality and leisure, from across the globe, is emerging as a favoured scientific research platform amongst serious academics.
The journal incorporates all types of empirical and conceptual research in issues relevant to Tourism, Hospitality, Leisure Management and general Management. We also accept articles in the related fields of Marketing, Strategic Management, Communication Science, Business Ethics, Corporate Governance, Stakeholder Management, Operations Management, Entrepreneurship, Nutrition, Service Quality, Sustainability and Globalization- and any area which impacts in some way or other on Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure.
Researchers are invited to submit their article(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication. We strive to inform authors of the decision on their article(s) within eleven weeks of submission. Following its acceptance, an article will be published in the next issue.
The Editor/s is required to act in a fair, balanced, objective manner and no discrimination of any sort is permitted or acceptable in any form or shape.All articles are required to considered if they align with the scope of the journal and are accepted solely on their academic merit and without commercial influence, after double blind peer review. All authors have a reasonable opportunity to respond to any complaints. All complaints must be investigated no matter when the original publication was approved. Documentation relating to any complaints is retained.
Reviewers are appointed based on their expertise, to contribute to the decision-making process, thereby assist in improving the quality of the published article by reviewing the manuscript objectively and timeously. Reviewers are to maintain the confidentiality of any information supplied by the editor or author and may not retain or copy the manuscript in any way for any reason.The reviewers are expected to alert the editor or managing editor of any published or submitted content that is significantly similar to that under current review. Reviewers must state any concerns about conflicts of interest and alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for reviewing a particular manuscript, which for example be from the same institution as the one in which they are employed
The Author/s are required to retain accurate records of data associated with their submitted manuscript, supply or provide access to any data referred to in an article, if requested request to do so. No article submitted may be under consideration or accepted for publication anywhere else. All sources must be cited accurately. The author/s must confirm that all the work in a submitted manuscript is original in nature and to acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources used. They also need to acquire permission to replicate any content from other sources. Authors must ensure that any studies involving human or animal subjects conforms to national, local and institutional laws and requirements (e.g. WMA Declaration of Helsinki,) and confirm that approval has been sought and obtained where appropriate from university research ethics committees or other legal bodies. Authors must ensure that the well-being, safety and protection of persons involved in the research, where applicable, is of primary concern. Potential conflicts of interest must be disclosed. Where errors may occur in publication, the author/s should notify the editor and necessary revisions will be made and an erratum published. Where deemed necessary, an article may be retracted.
Misconduct and unethical behaviour if and when identified must be brought to the attention of the editor and publishe. Minor misconduct will be dealt with rapidly and a ‘guilty’ party can respond electronically to establish their case in a collegial fashion. Any informant should also be collegial and provide sufficient information and evidence of error or intentional oversight, in order for an investigation to be initiated. All allegations are be taken seriously and treated in the same way, until a successful decision or conclusion is reached. Evidence must be presented and no allegations will be made beyond those who need to know. The editor may consult with experts for advice and his/her decision will be binding. Where there has been misconduct, there will be a formal notice detailing the misconduct and the outcome thereof.
We have an electronic backup system in place to maintain access to the content of the journal in the event that we no longer publish. All articles are kept on no less than three memory sticks and also archived with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA Legal Deposit)
DISCLAIMER: AJHTL shall not be liable for any losses, proceedings, claims, costs, damages or expenses or any other liabilities whatsoever or howsoever originating either directly or indirectly in connection with, or in relation to or which may arise out of content in/of any article published. AJHTL does not make any representation or warranty at all regarding the accuracy or completeness for any aspect of article content. Any and all opinions and views that are expressed in any article are solely the opinions and views of the author/s and are not in way the views of AJHTL and neither are they endorsed by AJHTL. Thus the accuracy of the content of any article should not be relied upon and should be independently verified with primary sources of information.
AJHTL reserves the right not to publish any article and does not need to explain why such a decision has been made.
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