Publications Ethics

Publication ethics underlines the code of conduct related to the publication of an article in a peer-reviewed journal. This aims to optimize the benefits of science towards scientists and the general community. The advancement of science necessitates the sharing of knowledge, even though this may sometimes forego any immediate personal advantage.

The publication of scientific research in journals is one of the fundamental ways in TOURISM serves the science community. For this purpose, editors, reviewers, and authors, are required to maintain an ethical standard relating to the publication of manuscripts in the TOURISM Journal.


Editors are responsible for:

  • Deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. Editors are accountable and responsible for everything they publish.
  • Deciding to accept or reject a manuscript for publication with reference only to the manuscript’s importance, originality and clarity, and its relevance to the journal.
  • Accessing manuscripts for the intellectual subject matter disregarding race, gender, religious belief, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors. 
  • Guaranteeing that submitted manuscripts are handled in confidential conduct, with no details being disclosed to anyone, with the exception of the reviewers, without the permission of the author, until a decision has been taken as to whether the manuscript is to be published.
  • Not using unpublished submitted manuscripts for their research
  • Responding to any suggestions of scientific misconduct or to convincing evidence that the main substance or conclusions of a published manuscript are mistaken, usually through consultation with the author. This may necessitate the publication of a formal withdrawal or amendment.
  • Determining rationally responsive measures when ethical objections have been presented concerning a submitted manuscript or published paper.


Reviewers are responsible for:

  • Only agreeing to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to conduct an appropriate evaluation and which they can assess promptly.
  • Acknowledging that peer review is a reciprocal effort and undertake to conduct their fair share of reviewing and promptly.
  • Being objective and constructive in their reviews, abstaining from being hostile and from making offensive personal remarks.
  • Having a non-influenced review, neither by the author’s nationality, religious nor political beliefs of the author, gender nor other characteristics of the authors nor by commercial considerations.
  • Treating submitted manuscripts for review as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.
  • Not using information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organization’s advantage or to disadvantage or discredit others.
  • Recognizing relevant published work that has not been referred by the authors. Any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported should be completed by pertinent reference.
  • Stating all possible conflicting interests, looking for the recommendation from the journal if they are hesitant whether something constitutes a relevant interest.


Authors are responsible for:

  • Presenting a report of the research that has been conducted in an ethical and responsible manner.
  • Presenting their results, truthfully, and without fraudulent, misrepresentation or improper data manipulation.
  • Providing, if needed, the unprocessed data in connection with a paper for editorial review.
  • Ensuring that the work they submitted is an original work. Plagiarism in all its forms comprises unethical publishing manners and is intolerable.
  • Presenting their methods clearly and explicitly so that their findings can be confirmed by others.
  • Taking collective responsibility for submitted and published work.
  • Disclosing any financial or other substantive conflict of interest that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.
  • Reporting without delay the journal editor if an author notices a major inaccuracy or erroneousness in a published work, and will collaborate with the editor to withdraw or correct the paper.