Publication Ethics

Journal of Tourism and Heritage Studies (JTHS) is a peer-review biannual journal whose due diligence and commitment to transparency, integrity and respect for people have not only ensured its regular publication since inception in September 2012, but also attracted increasing interest amongst its various stakeholders.

The Editorial Board of our journal screens all articles submitted to ensure that they do not infringe on copyrights. Plagiarism trackers are used for the purpose and allows similarity index of 15% maximum. JTHS reserves the right to reject an article known to have been simultaneously submitted to another journal(s).

Responsibilities of the Editors

  1. Articles received through its emails and online platforms are promptly acknowledged.
  2. The shortlisting and acceptance of articles for publication are done in line with our guiding principles. Hence, there is zero tolerance for racial, ethnic, gender, religious, philosophical, national, and geographical and sex consideration in the selection of articles for publication.
  3. Final decision on the articles, including those that may be sanctioned for plagiarism, libel and copyright infringements rests with the editorial team, headed by the Editor. This is in keeping with our efforts to ensure that intellectual property of authors and writers are protected.
  4. Manuscripts submitted for publication remain the exclusive confidential preserve of the authors until they are published for public consumption. Those rejected after due consideration are safely discarded and remain the intellectual property of the authors.
  5. Article selection is handled a timely fashion to avoid long wait and the resultant multiple publications of articles which unduly delayed processes engender.

 Role of the Reviewers

  1. Reviewers’ criticism and reports are guided by objectivity and without reclining to sentimentalism and unethical considerations.
  2. The reviewers remain anonymous to all except the editorial team.
  3. The reviewers are expected to abide by guidelines and editorial policy of JTHS and therefore should make comments on manuscripts with due diligence and utmost respect.
  4. Nevertheless, the reviewers are obliged to alert the editors once cases of infringements have been noticed.

Responsibilities of authors

  1. Authors must ensure that they are original and therefore have something new to offer and this should be encapsulated in the problem statement.
  2. Any manuscript submitted for consideration is not expected to have been published or is being evaluated elsewhere.
  3. All cited literature or borrowed and /or permission for lifted diagrams, sketches and maps should be properly acknowledged.
  4. Authors should alert the Editor as soon as there are needs to correct serious omissions or erratum, corrigendum, addendum and so on.
  5. They should respect religious, ethnic, racial, national and individual sensibilities of individuals, peoples and nations in their research outputs.
  6. They should not accept research grants, subsidies, scholarship from agencies and governments that are conditioned on unethical considerations.
  7. Authors should indicate sources of research grants for public knowledge and understanding.
  8. Co-authorship must be guided by equal research work apportioning. Rented authors are objectionable and strictly discouraged.

Publishers’ Duties

  1. The publishers ensure the editors and staff work in tandem with the guiding principles of the association.
  2. They dissolve the editorial board at the expiration of their tenure, but can replace erring and recalcitrant editors at any moment the need arises.
  3. There is a printing and publishing monitoring committee that ensures that quality and the rule of the game are assured at all times.

After proper investigation, authors, reviewers, editors and publishers can be sanctioned for infringements and can be handed to higher authorities and law enforcement agencies as the case may be.

Pat Uche Okpoko