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Author Guidelines

Aim and scope of the journal:

Academica Turistica –Tourism and Innovation Journal (AT–TIJ) is a peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for the dissemination of knowledge on tourism and innovation from a social sciences perspective. It especially welcomes contributions focusing on innovation in tourism and adaptation of innovations from other fields in tourism settings.

The journal welcomes both theoretical and applicative contributions and encourages authors to use various quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Besides research articles, the journal also publishes research notes and reviews of books. Purely descriptive manuscripts which do not contribute to the development of knowledge are not considered suitable.

2. General guidelines and policy of AT-TIJ

Manuscripts are accepted in both American and British English; however, consistency throughout the paper is expected. All manuscripts are subject to an initial editorial screening for adherence to the journal style, for anonymity, and for correct use of English. As a result of this your paper will be either accepted for further consideration or returned for revision. To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to have your manuscript proofread.

Manuscripts should be organized in the following order: title, abstract, keywords, main text, acknowledgements, appendixes (as appropriate), and references.

Authors can state information about funding, grants and/or other forms of financial support, which made their research and manuscript submission possible.

a)   Reviewing: Each manuscript, meeting the technical standards and falling within the aims and scope of the journal, will be subject to double-blind review by two reviewers.

The referees are chosen by the journal's editors. Assessments by the referees will be presented anonymously to the author and, in the case of substantial reservations, the article, with the list of corrections needed, will be returned to the author for correction. The corrected copy of the article with the list of corrections on a separate page should be returned to the Editorial Team.

b)   Permissions: Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere, are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.

3. Authors responsibilities

a)   Submission declaration: Submission of a manuscript implies that it has not been published previously (except in the form of abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all its authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if the article submitted is accepted, it will not be published elsewhere, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of Academica Turistica –Tourism and Innovation Journal. The corresponding author should ensure: that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included on the paper, that all co-authors have significantly contributed to the research, that all co-authors have provided retractions or corrections of mistakes, and that all co-authors have seen and approved the final version of the paper and have agreed to its submission for publication.

b)   Conflict of interest: All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations within three years of beginning the submitted work that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.

 Manuscript preparation

a)   Language and Style:The first author is fully responsible for the language and style in the context of the instructions. A good scientific standard command of grammar and style is expected. The journal will be printed in black and white.

b)   The length of the articles should not exceed 9,000 words (including tables, figures, and references), double spaced, using Times New Roman font sized 12.

Text formatting: Please, use the automatic page numbering function to number the pages. Use tab stops or other commands for indents, not the space bar. Use the table function, not spreadsheets, to make tables. Use the equation editor or MathType for equations.

c)   Miscellaneous: Whenever possible, use the SI units (Système international d’unités).

d) The title page should include the title of the article (no more than 85 characters, including spaces), full name of the author(s), affiliation (institution name and address) of each author clearly identified; linked to each author by use of superscript numbers, corresponding author’s full name, telephone, and e-mail address.

e) The authors are obliged to prepare two abstracts – one short abstract in English and one (translated) in Slovene language. For foreign authors translation of the abstract into Slovene will be provided.

The content of the abstract should include the purpose, methods, results, and contribution of the research. It should only contain the information that appears in the text as well. It should contain no reference to figures, tables and citations published in the main text, and should not exceed 250 words.

f) Beneath the abstract, the authors should supply appropriate Keywords (max 6) in English and in Slovene. For foreign authors the translation of the abstract into Slovene will be provided.

g) The main text should contain a coherent and logical structure preferably following the IMRAD format (Introduction, Methods, Research [and] Discussion). However, other structures are also welcome (e.g. Introduction, Development and Conclusions) as long as the text maintains its logical structure and focus. Acknowledgments are optional.

h) Each Table should be submitted on a separate page after References. Tables should be double-spaced. Each table shall have a brief caption; explanatory matter should be in the footnotes below the table. The table shall contain means and the units of variation (SD, SE, etc.) and must be free of nonsignificant decimal places. Abbreviations used in the tables must be consistent with those used in the text and figures. Definition symbols should be listed in the order of appearance, determined by reading horizontally across the table and should be identified by standard symbols. All tables should be numbered consecutively Table 1, etc.

i) Captions are required for all Figures and shall appear on a separate manuscript page, beneath table captions. Each figure should be saved as a separate file without captions and named as Figure 1, etc. Files should be submitted in *.tiff or *.jpeg format. The minimum object size should be 17x20 cm and a resolution of at least 300 dpi per size is preferred. Combinations of photo–line art and greyscale images should be saved at 600–900 dpi. Lettering (symbols, letters, and numbers) should be between 8 and 12 points, with consistent spacing and alignment. Font face may be Serif (Times Roman) or Sans Serif (Arial). Line width should be ¾ point or greater. Any extra white or black space surrounding the image should be cropped. Ensure that subject-identifying information (i.e., faces, names, or any other identifying features) is cropped out or opaqued. Prior to publication, the author(s) should obtain all necessary authorizations for the publication of the illustrative matter and submit them to the Editorial Team. When referring to the figures and tables in the main text, use the following style: (Figure 1, Table 1). The articles will be printed in black and white.

j) Ensuring a Blind review: You can mention your and other authors' data ONLY in a separate "Authors" document. Main document should NOT INCLUDE any traces of authors' information. See Ensuring a Blind Review.

k) References

The journal uses the APA reference system (Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed., 2001). see also: The list of references should only include works that are cited in the text and that have been published or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. References should be complete and contain all the authors (up to six) that have been listed in the title of the original publication. If the author is unknown, start with the title of the work. If you are citing a work that is in print but has not yet been published, state all the data and instead of the publication year write "in print".

Reference list entries should be alphabetized by the last name of the first author of each work. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. Titles of references written in languages other than English should be additionally translated into English and enclosed within square brackets. Full titles of journals are required (not their abbreviations).

Examples of reference citation in the text:

One author: Tourism innovation specific is mentioned (Walker, 2007) or Walker (2007) had concluded...

Two authors: This result was later contradicted (Walker & Allen, 2008) or Walker and Allen (2008) pointed out...

Three to five authors:

a) first quotation of source: Bradley, Ramirez, and Soo (2009) had found... or (Bradley, Ramirez & Soo, 2009)

b) Second quotation of source: Bradley et al. (2009) or (Bradley et al., 2009)

Six or more authors:

We quote only the first author: Kalthof et al. (1999) or (Kalthof et al., 1999).

If two references with six or more authors shorten to the same form, cite the surnames of the first authors and of as many of the subsequent authors as necessary to distinguish the two references, followed by a coma and et al.

List several authors for the same thought or idea with separation by using a semicolon: (Kalthof et al., 1999; Biegern & Roberts, 2005)

Examples of reference list:

The style of referencing should follow the examples below:


Buhalis, D. (2003). eTourism: information technology for strategic tourism management. Harlow: Financial Times Prentice Hall.


Smeral, E. (2009). The impact of the financial and economic crisis on European tourism. Journal of Travel Research48(1), 313.

Dwyer, L. (2006). Assessing the economic impacts of events: A computable general equilibrium approach. Journal of TravelResearch, 45(1), 5966.

Papatheodorou, A., Rosselló, J., & Xiao, H. (2010). Global economic crisis and tourism: Consequences and perspectives.Journal of Travel Research, 49(1), 3945.

Chapters in Books

Bruland, K., & Movery, D. C. (2006). Innovation through time.In J. Fagerberg, D. C. Mowery, & R. R. Nelson (eds.), The Oxford handbook of innovation (pp. 349-379). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Rossi, T., & Cassidy, T. (in press). Teachers’ knowledge and knowledgeable teachers in physical education. In C. Hardy, & M. Mawer (eds.), Learning and teaching in physical education. London: Falmer Press.

Chapters in Published Books of Conference Proceedings

Volo, S. (2004). Foundation for an innovation indicator for tourism: An application to SME. In P. Keller, & Th. Bieger (Eds.),AIEST 54th Congress: The Future of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in Tourism Vol. 46 (pp. 361376), St. Gallen, Switzerland: AIEST.


Sedmak, G. (2006). Pomen avtentičnosti turističnega proizvoda: primer destinacije Piran. [“The importance of the authenticity of the tourist product: the case of destinationPiran.”In Slovene]. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana, Faculty of economics.


Presenza, A., Sheehan, L., & Ritchie, B. J. R. (2005). Towards a model of the roles and activities of destination management organizations. Retrieved September 26, 2008, from:

l) Proofs

Page proofs in PDF format will be sent by e-mail to the corresponding author; proofs should be corrected and returned within five days. PDF files can be annotated using freely available Adobe Reader. Proofs should be used only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the paper. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication are not permitted.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the
  5. Please describe in the “Comments for the Editor” section below in what way does your submission focus on innovation in tourism and adaptation of innovations from other fields in tourism settings (max 3 sentences). Submitted articles containing this description will be given priority.
  6. Please, download and fill out the Academica Turistica - Tourism and Innovation Journal Manuscript Submission Checklist and submit it together with the manuscript. 

  7. ! ! ! IMPORTANT ! ! !
    You can mention your and other authors' data ONLY in a separate "Authors" document. The main document should NOT INCLUDE any traces of authors' information. See Ensuring a Blind Review.

Copyright Notice

1. Copyright

Copyright for all articles published in Academica Turistica - Tourism and Innovation Journal is held by individual authors. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete the Publication Agreement and Copyright Licence, based on the Open Access Model Publishing Agreement.

Articles are published under the terms of the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 License.

Under the terms of this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of their articles. They can archive the pre-print and post-print or publisher's version of their work. They will, however, assign to Academica Turistica - Tourism and Innovation Journal (AT–TIJ) the permanent right to electronically distribute their manuscript and, after it has appeared in AT–TIJ, they may republish their text as long as they clearly acknowledge AT–TIJ as the place of the original publication.

2. Author Fees

Article submission, processing and/or publishing fees are not charged.


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