About Special Issues
The special issue is a collection of articles dedicated to one chosen topic within the scope of the journal. It should contain the latest work on that subject. If a special issue is organized successfully, it can be a unique and valuable reference source for every researcher interested in that area.
  • Propose a Special Issue and Become the Lead Guest Editor

    International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management welcomes all the proposals corresponding to the aims & scope of this journal. The objective of the special issues is to bring together recent high-quality research, to promote key advances in theory and applications, and to provide overviews of the emerging domains.

    If you are ready to propose a special issue, please download the special issue proposal form and fill in the required information. After it is completed, you can submit it in the following two ways:

    Download Proposal Form

    1. Online Submission

    Upload Proposal*
    Email Address*

    A follow-up email will be sent to the given email address within 3 working days.


    2. Email Submission

    The completed proposal form can also be submitted by email to specialissue@sciencepg.com.

    Please type "International Journal of Hospitality & Tourism Management Special Issue Proposal" as the subject of your email.

  • Benefits and Responsibilities of the (Lead) Guest Editor

    The special issue will be composed of a lead guest editor and a team of guest editors. The lead guest editor is encouraged to invite researchers in related fields to join the special issue as guest editors. As the lead guest editor or the guest editors, you will be entitled to the following benefits and also take on corresponding responsibilities:

    Benefits Lead Guest Editor Guest Editor
    Be awarded Certificate of Honor (electronic version)
    Get your name listed on the journal website
    Be at the forefront of scientific communications
    Contribute to and receive recognition from the academic community
    Assemble and work with a strong team of Editors
    Responsibilities Lead Guest Editor Guest Editor
    Recruit a guest editor team to review the manuscripts submitted to the special issue
    Promote your special issue and invite authors to submit manuscripts
    Make decisions on the acceptance or rejection of submitted manuscripts
    Cross-check the manuscripts and ensure their quality
    Conduct peer review for the manuscripts submitted to the special issue
    Ensure that the peer review process is fair, unbiased, and timely
  • Organize a Special Issue

    The sections below will help you in organizing a successful special issue. A good special issue should include an appropriate topic, a well-focused scope, effective keywords and a capable editorial team.

    Choose a Special Issue Topic

    You should choose a topic close to your own research interests. The topic must be of increasing interest within your field and within the scope of the journal. It should be broad enough to attract a reasonable number of submissions, but narrow enough to provide a cohesive collection of articles.

    The special issues often focus on the interface of two or more traditional disciplines, a recent advance in the field or an emerging societal challenge. If you notice a particular topic is arousing widespread attention, this is a good sign that a related proposal will generate great interest.

    Describe the Scope

    The scope should state the intended focus of the special issue. It should emphasize the current relevance of the subject and indicate why new research on the subject is warranted. Besides, it is also crucial to strike a balance between length and detail. Too little detail could result in a lack of focus or scientific merit while too much detail can be overly prescriptive and limit the interest of the researchers. Therefore, 150-400 words are recommended for the statement of the scope.

    Select Keywords

    In addition to the statement of scope, a special issue should also include at least 6 keywords. These keywords are not only the ‘signposts’ for the research direction of the special issue but also another opportunity to indicate the scope of the special issue. However, the lead guest editor should be wary of excessively narrowing the scope.

    Recruit an Editorial Team

    The special issue will be composed of a lead guest editor and several guest editors. This team should be sufficient of capacity and expertise, and take on the following responsibilities:

    (1) Prepare the special issue proposal;

    (2) Promote your special issue;

    (3) Invite authors to contribute papers;

    (4) Maintain contact with authors who are interested;

    (5) Recruit the guest editor team to review the papers.

    The qualification of these editors will be reviewed to ensure they meet the editorial requirements of this journal. The lead guest editor is also encouraged to recruit team members from multiple institutions and locations, which can reduce conflicts of interest and help the special issue reach a wider audience.

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