IJCT Constitution

About IJCT

The International Journal of Contents Tourism (hereafter IJCT) is an open-access scholarly journal exploring the phenomenon of “contents tourism”.

IJCT has three main aims:

  1. To publish scholarly research into the theory and practice of contents tourism from an international perspective.
  2. To provide a bilingual forum in which researchers, tourism- or media-industry practitioners and fans can all contribute writings on contents tourism.
  3. To integrate an analytical concept that emerged in Japan into global discourses on the linkages between popular culture and tourism.

IJCT publishes articles in 4 formats:

  1. Original Research Articles: These are articles of around 8,000 words inclusive of endnotes but excluding the bibliography. They can include cases studies and conceptual pieces. They are fully referenced using the Harvard citation system. The research must be original work that has not been published anywhere else.
  2. Research Notes and Review Articles: These are articles of around 2,000-4,000 words inclusive of endnotes but excluding the bibliography. Research notes describe current/ongoing research projects. Review articles discuss trends and issues in the contents tourism literature. They are fully referenced using the Harvard citation system.
  3. Book Reviews: These review important books connected to contents tourism. They are 800-1000 words.
  4. Postcards: These are short pieces of 100-300 words accompanied by a photograph. They are blog-style articles and may be submitted by anyone worldwide regardless of academic credentials.

The journal is bilingual. Articles may be published in English or Japanese. All original research articles, research notes and review articles must have abstracts both in English and Japanese.

The journal has been established and is maintained as part of JSPS Grant (Kiban A) Number 26243007, International Comparative Research into the Reception and Transmission of Culture via “Contents Tourism”, grant period 2014-2019.

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Research Ethics

Articles of any type must be the original work of the author. Articles that are slanderous, libelous, or offensive beyond the reasonable bounds of critical scholarly discourse will be rejected. Following publication, if any evidence of research malpractice by contributors is discovered (including plagiarizing the work of others, falsification or fabrication of research results, and copyright infringement), the article will be removed from publication and the author will be banned from contributing to the journal in the future.

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Editorial Committee

IJCT is based at Hokkaido University. The Center for Advanced Tourism Studies acts as auditor for the journal and ensures that IJCT is run according to its constitution.

The two editors-in-chief of the journal are Professor Philip Seaton and Professor Takayoshi Yamamura. They are responsible for the day-to-day running of the journal and have final decision-making authority regarding the academic content of the journal.

Members of the International Advisory Committee advise the editors-in-chief and referee papers in their areas of expertise. As of April 2015, the members of the International Advisory Committee are (in alphabetical order):

  • Sue Beeton, William Angliss Institute, Australia
  • Karl Ian Cheng Chua, Ateneo de Manila University, the Philippines
  • Millie Creighton, University of British Columbia, Canada
  • Nicky van Es, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Kyungjae Jang, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Chieko Iwashita, Takasaki Shoka University, Japan
  • Ryo Koarai, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Thomas McAuley, Sheffield University, the United Kingdom
  • Shinobu Myoki, Tohoku University, Japan
  • Katsuyuki Nishikawa, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Takeshi Okamoto, Nara Prefectural University, Japan
  • Stijn Reijnders, Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Clothilde Sabre, Clersé CNRS, France
  • Akiko Sugawa-Shimada, Yokohama National University, Japan
  • Yoshihiro Yamada, Hokkaido University, Japan
  • Tianxin Zhang, Peking University, China

New members of the International Advisory Committee may be appointed by the editors-in-chief.

Revisions to the constitution of IJCT are suggested by the editors-in-chief and approved by the members of the International Advisory Committee and the Director of the Center for Advanced Tourism Studies.

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Refereeing Process

IJCT is a fully refereed journal. All publications (including those by the editors-in-chief, members of the International Advisory Committee or the Center for Advanced Tourism Studies) must pass the following review process.

Upon receipt of an article submitted to IJCT, it is assigned to a managing editor. The managing editor is either one of the two journal editors-in-chief, or a member of the International Advisory Committee nominated by the editors-in-chief. The managing editor is responsible for taking the article from submission through to publication, or final rejection.

Articles are published following a decision to accept the article by the referees and managing editor. The refereeing process does not follow a simple accept/reject model but is constructive: articles whose content is considered to be of relevance to the journal but require a longer process of review and resubmission may go through multiple refereeings.

Original Research Articles:

  1. Open refereeing by the managing editor
  2. Double-blind refereeing by one referee (the author and referee do not know each others’ identities)
  3. Refereeing by one other person (open, blind or double-blind at the discretion of the managing editor)

Research Notes and Review Articles:

  1. Open refereeing by the managing editor
  2. Refereeing by one other person (open, blind or double-blind at the discretion of the managing editor)

Book Reviews:

Book reviews are commissioned by one of the editors-in-chief, who acts as managing editor. However, the editors-in-chief will consider offers to review a particular book from potential reviewers and reserve the right to reject reviews that do not meet the journal’s standards.

Postcards:

Postcards are not constrained by academic conventions (although the text must be the original work of the contributor) and are equivalent to a blog posting. Postcards are reviewed by the editors-in-chief before publication.

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Publication Process

After acceptance of an article, it is formatted using IJCT style and converted into a pdf file.

The proofs are sent to authors for final checking. Revised proofs will be sent to authors until there are no further corrections.

The article is uploaded and announced via IJCT’s social media. The article will also be archived on HUSCAP (Hokkaido University collection of Scholarly and Academic Papers).

Any revisions to articles by authors after final publication must be accompanied by an erratum statement.

The copyright for all published articles belongs to the author. The usage of all articles and content on the International Journal of Contents Tourism is subject to the Creative Commons License. The pdf files published online may be distributed or copied freely. Any revisions to the text or any digital alterations to the files are strictly forbidden without the written permission of the editors-in-chief.

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Instructions for Authors

Articles may be submitted in either English or Japanese. Articles in English use Harvard citation system. For detailed instructions, download the instructions for authors. Authors of articles in Japanese, download the instructions here.

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