We are very pleased to welcome Professor Xu Honggang of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guangzhou, China) to the senior editorial team of Tourism Geographies. She is replacing Shaul Krakover, who is retiring this year, and joining Michael Hall, Jarkko Saarinen (who recently replaced Allan Williams) and myself as the main editors of the journal. (Note that with this appointment, we are dropping the regional designations for each of the editors.)
Dr. Xu has been a key faculty member in making Sun Yat-Sen University a leader in tourism research, and is a frequent presenter at international geography and tourism conferences around the world. She was a guest editor in for a fascinating special issue of Tourism Geographies (2014, v.16 #5) on recent tourism geography research in China, and has published widely in leading international journals with her students and colleagues in China and abroad. Some of her papers and profile can be found at ResearchGate.net.
We are fortunate to have Dr. Xu as a member of our editorial team and look forward to the new ideas and energy that she brings to us.
Starting in 2017, Tourism Geographies will publish an annual special edition of the journal with the title of "Tourism Places: Perspectives on Tourism Development and Experiences".
Tourism Places will be published in addition to the current five issues per year that is the currently normal frequency of Tourism Geographies. This special edition (like a special issue) will include high quality tourism studies that provide an in-depth understanding of tourism phenomena in a particular place or region, or of a particular type of tourism. The quality of place analysis and insight is the primary criterion for peer review, rather than contributions to conceptual theory.
Tourism Places was proposed as a potential outlet for some of the many papers that are submitted to Tourism Geographies that are more place oriented, rather than theory oriented. We receive a lot of papers that are primarily describing tourism in a place because many people associate place description with the discipline of geography. Some of these papers appear to be quite good, although they violate the journal's preference for theoretical research (see: How to Avoid a Desk Rejection)
Depending on the success of this endeavor, the number of Tourism Places special editions may increase from one in 2017 to more issues in future years. The special edition will still be published under the Tourism Geographies heading, and would, therefore, carry and contribute to the journal's impact factor. Submissions to Tourism Places will be made through the Tourism Geographies ScholarOne portal. Referees will be informed that papers are being reviewed for the Tourism Places special edition, with its distinct editorial orientation. Please see the Tourism Places link for more information on submitting paper for this special edition.
To avoid confusion, with the Tourism Places special edition, this blog site has been renamed from the "Tourism Place Blog" to the "Tourism Space Blog". Feel free to post any comments or questions about this new project below. -- Thanks, Alan Lew
UPDATE 12 February 2017: Special issues may also contain papers designated and reviewed as Tourism Places articles. For more information see the Tourism Places link.
Maybe about a quarter of the papers that I receive have some degree of this problem, although in only about 10% is it significant enough that I need to send the paper back to the author(s) to fix it.
As long as I can remembers, the rule has been that the title or caption, along with the footnotes, to a table or figure should provide enough information so that a reader can determine what the table or figure is showing without having to look for additional information in the text of the article.
This means that all symbols and abbreviations need to be defined either in the table itself or in the notes under the table, and the title needs to be very clear. And this needs to be repeated separately for each table and figure in a paper.
I have often asked colleagues at my university about this when serving on graduate student committees. The vast majority have responded that yes, this is a rule that they know about. However, it is apparently not one that they always think about when advising students (until I mention it) or when writing their own papers.
To me, this should be right up there with the formal referencing of sources that have influenced and informed an academic paper. Well, OK, may be right after referencing sources...
This post is #1 is a possible future series of Journal Editor Pet Peeves! -- Alan