The Brazilian Journal of Tourism Research (RBTUR) is the scientific journal of the Brazilian National Association of Research and Postgraduate Studies in Tourism (ANPTUR). It aims to disseminate results of rigorous, innovative and relevant scientific research on tourism, contributing to the advancement of knowledge in this field of study.
RBTUR is an open access quarterly journal focused primarily on academic tourism researchers, complementarily also targeting institutions of research and higher education, as well as managers and practitioners of tourism related organizations.
In order to be accepted for publication by RBTUR, articles must have a direct and explicit association with tourism.
All articles undergo a blind peer review process and are published in English and in Portuguese or Spanish. RBTUR is funded by ANPTUR, and no authors' fees are charged for submission, evaluation and publication.
All content of the journal, except where identified, is licensed under a Creative Commons attribution-type BY.
Scope and Policy
Characteristics of the article
The Brazilian Journal of Tourism Research (RBTUR) publishes articles that meet the following requirements:
I. The subject is directly related to tourism.
II. The subject is relevant for the theoretical/conceptual knowledge of tourism.
III. The subject or the approach is innovative as compared to the existing literature.
IV. The research method is rigorous.
Additionally, in order to be published in RBTUR, articles must:
I. To be unpublished (except for academic works – e.g. dissertation or thesis - or research reports).
II. Not to be under consideration for publication anywhere else.
III. To be written in Portuguese, English or Spanish.
IV. To have a maximum of 10 thousand words (including abstracts, references and all other textual elements).
The list of authors should include only the names of those who contributed significantly to the design, planning, execution, analysis or interpretation of the research.
In case of approval for publication, descriptions of the contributions of each author will be requested. Generic descriptions or those revealing minimal contribution of one or more authors may lead to article rejection. An article typically have up to 3 authors. Articles with 4 or more authors should present especially enlightening descriptions.
RBTUR does not publish more than one article of the same author per year.
Peer Review Process
The articles readly undergo a desk evaluation, in which the compliance with the norms defined in the "guidelines for authors", the association of the article with tourism, and the scientific nature of the text are evaluated.
Articles approved by the desk are submitted to peer review. At this stage, the articles are examined by at least two researchers with experience in the subject and / or the research method.
The evaluation is blind. Referees do not have information about the authorship of the article and the authors do not have information about the identity of the referees. The complete list of referees of RBTUR is published in the last number of each year.
The referees are directed to examine at least the following aspects of the articles:
I. Relevance of the theme
Finally, referees recommend the work for publication, revision or rejection. When it undergoes substantial changes, the article may be submitted to a new round of assessments. Articles are published only after receiving favorable opinions from all evaluators.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
The main article file should be submitted in Word (.doc /.docx) or Writer (.odt) format with a maximum size of 5 Mb.
All possible measures must be taken to ensure that the author(s) will not be identified during the evaluation process:
I. Do not include authors’ names in the manuscript.
II. Do not use language that reveals authorship through citations (e.g., "Another similar study has already been published by the same author (SILVA, 1999)").
III. Do not mention funding, aids, collaborations or acknowledgements. In case of acceptance for publication, these elements will be inserted in the final version.
IV. Do not leave a record of the authors' identity in files’ properties.
The articles must contain the following elements:
I. Title: Portuguese, English, and Spanish. Objective titles are preferred.
II. Summary: in Portuguese, English, and Spanish. It must contain a maximum of 200 words and must include at least the following items:
i. Research objectives
III. Keywords: list of 3 to 5 terms in Portuguese, English and Spanish. Terms from the Brazilian Thesaurus of Tourism are preferred.
IV. References: complete and exclusive list of publications cited throughout the text.
For articles about research with data collection, the questionnaire and other data collection instruments should be made available to referees along with the main file. In the electronic publishing system, the files of these instruments should be submitted as a "supplementary document". Datasets can be requested by the referees for verification.
RBTUR encourages authors to publish data collection instruments and datasets in an open and permanent repository. This practice aims at providing greater transparency to the research and expanding the possibilities of further research in the same field through the use of the same dataset. In addition to broadening the debate on the subject, the availability of these elements may also contribute to the number of citations of the original article since it shall be mentioned as the source of the dataset used in subsequent research. The dataset must be published at Mendeley Data. This can be done after acceptance of the article for publication. The citation and reference of the data will be included in the main article file.
RBTUR adopts a minimum formatting requirements policy for articles submission. There is no formatting standard for fonts, paragraphs, and pages. Only a few formatting rules must be followed:
I. Long quotes, with more than 3 lines, should appear in separate paragraphs with a 4 cm indent from the left margin.
II. The titles of the chapters must be numbered sequentially.
III. Tables and figures must be numbered, titled and mentioned in the text.
IV. Tables and formulas must be in an editable format.
V. Graphs and diagrams should preferably be drawn on a white background and use Calibri font, normal, size 10, black.
VI. All images must be have sufficient resolution for perfect display at 100% zoom.
VII. All texts in images must be readable at 100% zoom.
VIII. Footnotes should only be used when essential.
If the author wishes to follow a specific formatting standard, the American Psychological Association (APA) standard is suggested. It should be noted that this standard is a mere suggestion for formatting the text, whereas for citations and references it is mandatory, as presented in the following.
Citations and references
Citations throughout the text and the list of references at the end of the article should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th edition standards.
For assistance in the task of formatting citations and references, it is recommended to use a reference management software (e.g. Mendeley and Endnote). In addition, there are several APA standardization manuals available on the internet. Two recommended manuals are:
Citations in the text should follow the author / year system. Direct quotes should also indicate the page number. Examples:
Beni (1998) or (Beni, 1998)
In their first appearance, citations of works with more than three authors must present all last names. In subsequent citations, they should present only the last name of the first author, followed by et al. Example:
(Ballantyne et al., 2011)
The list of references should be presented at the end of the text in alphabetical order of author, according to the APA standard. Examples:
Ballantyne, R., Packer, J., & Falk, J. (2011). Visitors' learning for environmental sustainability: Testing short- and long-term impacts of wildlife tourism experiences using structural equation modeling. Tourism Management, 32 (6), 1243-1252.
Beni, M. C. (1998). Análise Estrutural do Turismo. São Paulo: SENAC.
Fyall, A., & Leask, A. (2007). Destination marketing: Future issues - strategic challenges. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 7 (1), 50-63
Gössling, S., Hall, C.M., Ekström, F., Engeset, A.B., & Aall, C. (2012). Transition management: the tool for implementing sustainable tourism scenarios? Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 20 (6), 899-916.
Ritchie, J.R.B., & Crouch, G. (2000). The competitive destination: A sustainability perspective. Tourism Management, 21 (1), 1-7.
Before starting the submission process
All authors must be registered in the electronic publishing system as authors of RBTUR. At least the name, institution and email fields must be filled in.
Make sure that all authors have been properly included in the publishing system. The inclusion of authors after the submission will not be accepted. The order of the authors in the publishing system must be the same that will appear in the article published in case of approval.
The editorial process can be followed through the electronic publishing system of RBTUR.
The submission of a new version of the article with the adjustments requested by the referees must be done in the same existing registry, and not by starting a new submission in the system. The submission should be done in the ‘Review’ tab, ‘Editor Decision’ section, ‘Upload Author Version’ field.
In case of approval for publication, the authors will be asked to send:
I. Final version of the article in the original language, including:
i. For each author: full name, brief biography, ORCID and the description his/her contributions to the research. Author's registration in ORCID can be obtained free of charge at https://orcid.org/.
iii. Tables and formulas in an editable format.
II. Article translated into English if the original language of the manuscript is Portuguese or Spanish. This version should include the same elements about the authors mentioned in the previous item. The translation should be done by a person with a good knowledge of the English language. The English version of all the articles will be reviewed by a professional contracted by RBTUR. If the reviewer indicates a poor quality of the English writing, the article may be rejected, even if it was previously accepted for publication.
Send of the manuscripts
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.