Submission Guidelines


1) Research Paper
This type of paper should present original or new research findings. It could cover presentations on new concepts  and provide insights on the construction or testing of a model or framework, testing of data, and with practical focus in the forms of market research or surveys, action research, empirical, and scientific research on responsible tourism. The findings could have a general impact and contribute to the development of responsible tourism. It is between 6,000 to 9,000 words in length, which includes tables, figures and references. The paper may include the following sections:

  1. Introduction
  2. Literature Review/ Theoretical Background and Hypothesis Development
  3. Methods
  4. Results
  5. Discussions
  6. Theoretical and Managerial Implications
  7. Conclusion

2) Case Study
This type of paper describes actual interventions or experiences within responsible tourism. It can be subjective and covers a description of an authentic case or a hypothetical case study. It focuses on particular context such as the stakeholder, destination, industry or country. The aim is to make other researchers/ practitioners aware of the possibility that a specific phenomenon might occur. The length should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words, excluding exhibits, endnote references, and supplementary materials. The paper may include:

  1. Background and content
  2. Objectives
  3. The salient events
  4. The results and the way the results were obtained
  5. The implications

3) Conceptual Paper
Conceptual papers should aim at developing an idea, framework, model or theory in the forms of propositions or hypotheses based on theoretical concept in responsible tourism. It provides a comprehensive foundation and enlightens current state of knowledge on topics related to responsible tourism. However, the paper should not be simple focus on literature review, but have a certain aim and identify the gap clearly from the past literatures, and clarify how the paper tackles the gaps. The work also covers methodologies and research techniques used in the past literatures. It fosters future research into new ideas through literature review, critical analysis and interpretation. It also covers philosophical discussions and compares studies or works by other authors. We encourage the author of conceptual paper to link the theoretical concept or hypothesis in responsible tourism to practical applications of theory. It is between 6,000 to 9,000 words in length, which includes tables, figures and references.
The types of conceptual paper may have:

  1. Theory synthesis – summarizing and integrating current understanding; or
  2. Theory adaptation – revising current understanding; or
  3. Typology – explaining differences between variants of a concept; or
  4. Model or framework – explaining and predicting relationships between constructs.

The layout of conceptual papers is similar to research articles and may include:

  1. Introduction and Background – purpose and objective of the paper
  2. Methodology
  3. Main text (summarizing and evaluating existing literature – several subheadings to convey separate key points)
  4. Conclusion

4) Viewpoint
This is a type of paper based on the author’s opinion and interpretation in the content related to responsible tourism. Examples: journalistic and magazine-style pieces. It is designed to deliver readers with a context of responsible tourism practice by providing meaningful summaries, debates and discussions. These papers should contain thought-provoking, explanations, and opinions. They are opinion pieces grounded in evidence. This paper also provides well-structured arguments and demonstrates a clear understanding of the key issues under discussion. The length should be between 1,500 and 3,000 words. Authors are encouraged to cite up to 15 references in support of their key assertions, and to use a logical structure for their piece. The paper can include a display item such as figure, photo, or illustration.
The paper may include:

  1. Background/context – basis of arguments and why it is relevant/important now
  2. Key points-Bullet points with concise text summing up the main points

5) Technical Paper
The Policy perspectives paper focuses on bringing ideas, analysis, and empirical research to topical policy issues. Policy Perspectives should be reasonable and well thought-out in drawing conclusions that are applicable to important policy issues in relation to responsible tourism. Policy perspective papers may also take the form of a briefing that provides policymakers or decision makers with an overview of the issues with key insights from the international policy, or targeted critical findings and actionable recommendations. It is between 1,500 to 3,000 words in length.
The paper may include:

  1. Introduction
  2. Problem Analysis
  3. Research methods
  4. Findings and Recommendations
  5. Conclusion


All submissions must have a title page including the following information in this order:

Title of article
Author(s) Full name
Surname (e.g., Dr / Prof/ Assoc./Professor/ Mr/Miss/Ms)
Postal Address
Email address & Telephone (of the corresponding author only)
Keywords (at least 5 keywords)
Abstract (250 words maximum).
Acknowledgment (acknowledge any financial support received/ or substantial research contribution).


An original paper should be composed according to the following sections in the particular order:

Literature Review / Theoretical Background and Hypotheses Development
Theoretical Implications
Managerial Implications
Reference Appendix (if any)


Authors should use Times New Roman, 12 pts, throughout the manuscript. All text should be single-spaced.

Heading 1
For heading 1, use 12pts, Times New Roman, in bold. Insert one blank line (12 pts) before and after heading 1.

Heading 2
For heading 2, use 12pts, Times New Roman, in Bold Italic. Insert one blank line (6 pts) before and after heading 2.

Heading 3 (and others)
For heading 3, use 12pts, Times New Roman, in Italic. Insert one blank line (6 pts) before and after heading 3.


Figures may include photographs, illustrations, multi-colour graphs, and flowcharts. All figures must be inserted in the appropriate position in the manuscript. Authors should number figures consecutively based on their appearance in the main text. Figure caption and description should be inserted below the figure body. Figures should be high resolution (200 dpi, minimum). For Figure caption, use 10pts, Times New Roman, center align.

Table(s) should be self-explanatory and clearly organized. Table(s) must be inserted in the correct position in the manuscript, must include a clear title and numbered in Arabic numerals. For table text, use 11pts, Times New Roman. For table title, use 10pts, Times New Roman, left align. Table(s) should be formatted per the following style.


JRTM recommends APA (American Psychological Association) sixth reference format. The author-date (name, date) method of in-text citation. For example, (Saks, 2006), and a full reference should appear in the reference list at the end. For the reference list, use 12pts, Times New Roman, justified.


JRTM provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public for a greater global exchange of knowledge.


JRTM provides open access to works we publish using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. Under this license, we require publishing rights from authors to publish and disseminate their research articles, while authors retain ownership of the copyright in their works. This allows anyone to download, print, distribute, reuse, modify and copy the content without requesting extra permission from the authors or the publishers only if appropriate credits are given to the original authors and source.


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