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About This Journal

The Journal of Tourism Insights, is the official refereed publication of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA), a non-profit organization whose mission is to serve as a vehicle to communicate, educate and promote standards of professionalism within the tourism industry and to provide opportunities for continuing education, networking and awareness of industry trends. Each submission is blind reviewed by at least two respected commercial recreation, events or tourism experts from universities and colleges across North America. The Journal of Tourism Insights is indexed by Scopus (Committee on Publication Ethics).

All correspondence relevant to business issues, such as membership in RCRA, the annual conference, and the speaker selection process should be directed to the Journal Administrator, A. Scott Rood at .All other inquiries related to the Journal should be addressed to the Editor, Dr. Jill Fjelstul at .

Aims & Scope

The Journal of Tourism Insights, an electronic journal, promotes applied research in the commercial recreation, event and travel industries that will educate practitioners, educators, and students on relevant issues that enable organizations to be more effective and efficient.

Research article submissions in this journal typically undergo a double blind review process. Some of the key criteria for evaluation include innovativeness of research ideas, rigor and quality of research, clarity, and relevance.

General principles:

  • It is our intention to encourage an interchange between managers, educators and researchers.
  • The journal is multidisciplinary, and will cover issues relevant to operations, marketing, finance, personnel and the environment.
  • Contributors are encouraged to identify the practical implications of their work for the management and industry as a whole.
  • Co-authored contributions from educators and managers on collaborative work are particularly welcome.

Types of Articles Considered for Publication:

  1. Original Research: These manuscripts should present well-rounded studies reporting innovative advances that further knowledge about a topic of importance to the commercial recreation, travel and events industries. The conclusions of the Original Research Article should clearly be supported by the results. These can be submitted as either a full-length article (no more than 6000 words, 8 figures, 4 tables) or a Brief Communication (no more than 2,500 words, 3 figures, 2 tables). Original Research Articles contain a minimum of five sections:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Materials and Methods
    4. Results
    5. Discussion
  2. Case reports: Case reports should include relevant positive and negative findings from history, examination, and investigation and can include photographs. Additionally, the author must make it clear what the case adds to the field of inquiry and include an up-to-date review of previous cases in the field. These articles should be no more than 5,000 words with no more than 6 figures and 3 tables. Case Reports contain five sections:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Case Presentation (presentation, observations, test results, and accompanying figures)
    4. Discussion
    5. Conclusions
  3. Perspectives: Perspectives provide a personal view on relevant topics in a clear narrative voice. Articles can relate personal experiences, historical perspective, or profile on people or topics important to our field(s). These articles can be submitted as a Brief/Opinion piece (no more than 2,500 words) or a long perspective (no more than 6,000 words). Perspectives contain four sections:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Topics (with headings and subheadings)
    4. Conclusions and Outlook
  4. Analyses: Analyses provide an in-depth prospective and informed analysis of a policy, major advance, or historical description of a topic related to commercial recreation, travel and events. These articles should be no more than 6,000 words with no more than 3 figures and 1 table. Analyses contain four sections:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Topics (with headings and subheadings)
    4. Conclusions and Outlook
  5. Profiles: Profiles describe a notable person in the field of commercial recreation, travel or events. These articles should contextualize the individual’s contributions to the field at large as well as provide some personal and historical background on the person being described. More specifically, this should be done by describing what was known at the time of the individual’s contribution and how that finding contributes to the field as it stands today. These pieces should be no more than 6,000 words, with up to 6 figures and 3 tables. The articles should include the following:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Topics (with headings and subheadings)
    4. Conclusions
  6. Interviews: Interviews may be presented as either a transcript of an interview given with questions and answers presented or as a personal reflection after a given interview. If the latter is submitted, the author must indicate to the readers that the article is based on an interview. These pieces should be no more than 5,000 words. The articles should include:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Questions and answers clearly indicated by subheadings or topics (headings and subheadings)
    4. Conclusions
  7. Educational Scholarship Perspectives: Perspectives provide a personal view on a topic in educational scholarship in the commercial recreation, travel or events industries in a clear narrative voice. These topics can include policy, teaching methods, or personal experiences as it relates to Educational Scholarship. These articles should be no more than 6,000 words. Perspectives contain four sections:
    1. Abstract
    2. Introduction
    3. Topics (with headings and subheadings)
    4. Conclusions and Outlook