Abstract & Paper Submission
Please note that, the deadline for submissions has passed and the online submission platform (EasyChair) is closed and does not accept any new submissions.
We have received 583 abstracts that have been reviewed by anonymous reviewers.
All authors have been informed about the review outcome – as planned – by the 25th of March 2021.
- 23% of submissions were rejected.
- 37% of submissions were accepted after major revision/improvement performed by authors.
- 28% of submissions were accepted after minor revision/improvement performed by authors.
- 12% of submissions were accepted without revision.
Deadline for submissions was the 15th of March 2021
Please submit abstracts (350 to 400 words, excluding references) only via TOURMAN 2021 EasyChair online submission platform; do not submit abstracts by e-mail to the conference Secretariat. Detailed guidelines for preparing and structuring an abstract for submission to TOURMAN 2021are provided bellow; please make sure to read them carefully and to follow then when preparing your abstract. Abstracts that do not fully conform to the guidelines presented bellow, will be automatically rejected!
Submit here (click icon bellow to log-in to EasyChair online submission platform):
Guidelines for preparing an abstract for TOURMAN 2021
TOURMAN 2021 provides the following guidance to help authors write an abstract of maximum value to readers. Please read carefully the following guidelines, before submitting your abstract. Abstracts that do not fully conform to the guidelines presented below, will be automatically rejected!
An abstract is a concise summary of a larger work; the length of an abstract submitted to TOURMAN 2021 should be between 350 and 400 words (excluding references) and should be written in English. Its purpose is to help readers quickly discern the purpose and content of the work. Accuracy, brevity, and clarity are the ABCs of writing a good abstract. Writing style: a) Use a who, what, when, where, why, how, and “so what” approach to addressing the main elements in your abstract; b) Use specific words, phrases, concepts, and keywords to highlight your work; c) Use precise, clear, descriptive language, and write from an objective rather than evaluative point of view; d) Write concisely, but in complete sentences; e) Use plain language, do not use jargon, and do not use acronyms except for commonly used terms (then define the acronym the first time used); f) Write in the third person; do not use “I” or “we”; g) Use verbs in the active voice. A well-written abstract to be submitted to TOURMAN 2021 should be structured into the following four key elements:
- Purpose: describes the objectives and research questions (or hypotheses).
- Methods: describes important features of your research design, data, and analysis. This may include the sample size, geographic location, demographics, variables, controls, conditions, tests, descriptions of research design, details of sampling techniques, and data gathering procedures.
- Results & Discussion: describes the key findings of the study, including experimental, correlational, or theoretical results. It should also provide a brief explanation and discussion of the results.
- Implications: show how the results connect to policy and practice, and provide suggestions for follow-up, future studies, or further analysis.
- Keywords: provide minimum 3 and maximum 5 keywords representing the major focus of your abstract.
Please click here to download the template (in Word format) for your abstract file; after completing this file with details of your abstract, submit it through the EasyChair online submission platform.
Submitted abstracts should be relevant with the overall conference theme objectives and at least one of the conference sub-themes, should be written in good English, and should be submitted in time. All contributions must be original (i.e., not been published elsewhere), follow academic writing, structure and methodology.
Important Note: Full author(s) details, names, affiliations, e-mail, ORCiD, etc., should be properly inserted in the appropriate forms at the EasyChair online submission platform, during the submission process. However, in the Word file containing the abstract that will be uploaded through EasyChair, do not include any author(s) details, names, affiliations, e-mail, ORCiD, etc. Please click here to download the template (in Word format) for your abstract file; after completing this file with details of your abstract, submit it through the EasyChair online submission platform.
Submissions will be blind-refereed by at least two anonymous reviewers who will decide whether the proposed abstracts will be accepted or not. Following the acceptance of the abstract, the author(s) will be provided with specific guidelines and the choice for the submission of either just a short paper (2 pages) or an additional full paper.
Authors of accepted abstracts may participate at the conference and present their work, based on their accepted abstract; all abstracts should be extended to short papers (2 pages) which will be included in the official Book of Abstracts.
Guidelines for submitting a revised/final abstract (after you will have been notified about the review outcome of an abstract previously submitted)
After review process is completed, authors will receive through EasyChair an e-mail with the review outcome for your abstract, the reviewers’ comments, and all details for submitting the final/revised abstract that will be included in the Book of Abstracts. Do not forget to submit final/revised abstracts at the latest by the 30th of April 2021. In addition, useful information for the submission of final/revised abstracts (the same sent to authors of accepted abstracts) is provided bellow…
Please click here to download the template (in Word format) for final/revised abstracts (after the review process will have been completed, and you will have been notified of reviewers’ comments). After completing this file with your final/revised abstract, submit it through the EasyChair online submission platform; you should NOT create a new submission, but you should UPDATE THE FILE OF YOUR CURRENT SUBMISSION that has been already assigned the submission ID number [*PAPER-ID*]. You can do this, by following these steps:
1. Log in to EasyChair. Then, you will see your submission.
2. To update your existing submission, click on the corresponding “View” icon.
3. Then, click “Update file” at the top right corner.
4. Then click “select file” and upload your final/revised abstract file.
5. Last, click the “submit” button.When the process has been completed, you will see the following message (in red letters): The file has been uploaded!
After a few seconds, you will also receive an e-mail from EasyChair confirming that your new file has been successfully uploaded!
Do not forget to submit your revised abstract at the latest by the 30th of April 2021.
Submission of full papers
Authors that wish to additionally submit a full paper have the option to submit it either for inclusion in the Edited Book or for consideration for potential publication in one of the journal special issues. For submission specifications/guidelines for the full papers, please click here. To download the template (in Word format) for formatting full papers, please click here.
Peer-review policy and process adopted by TOURMAN 2021
Each submission to TOURMAN 2021 is first reviewed for completeness by the conference Secretariat, and only then is allocated to one of the three Associate Chairs of the Scientific Committee who will assess it and subsequently suggest to the two conference Co-Chairs whether it is suitable for peer review; final decision on suitability for peer review has to be taken unanimously by both the Associate Editor assigned to the manuscript and the Co-Chairs. If a manuscript is considered suitable for peer review, then it is subsequently assigned to 2 anonymous international reviewers (the double-blind peer review process is strictly followed; identities of neither authors nor peer reviewers are disclosed).
Peer review reports are submitted through the TOURMAN 2021 EasyChair online submission and reviewing platform, and provide constructive critical evaluations of the authors’ work, particularly in relation to the appropriateness of methods used, whether the results are accurate, and whether the conclusions are supported by the results. Editorial decisions are based on peer reviewer comments that meet these criteria rather than on recommendations made by short, superficial peer reviewer reports which do not provide a rationale for the recommendations.
Potential peer reviewers are asked to inform the conference Co-Chairs or the Associate Chairs of any possible conflicts of interest before accepting an invitation to review a manuscript. Communications between conference Co-Chairs or the Associate Chairs and peer reviewers contain confidential information and are not shared with third parties.
The primary purpose of peer review – as employed by TOURMAN 2021 – is providing the Co-Chairs with the information needed to reach a fair, evidence-based decision that adheres to the conference’s editorial criteria. Review reports are also expected to help authors revise their abstract/paper such that it may be accepted for publication. Reports accompanied by a recommendation to reject the abstract/paper are expected to explain in details the major weaknesses of the research; this will help the authors prepare their manuscript for submission to a different conference in the future.
Peer reviewers used by TOURMAN 2021 are requested to adhere to the principles of COPE’s Ethical Guidelines for Peer-reviewers.
Peer reviewers are requested by the conference Co-Chairs and the Associate Chairs to assess abstracts.papers exclusively against TOURMAN 2021 criteria for publication. The following conventions should be respected for effectively administering TOURMAN 2021 double-blind peer review process:
- Reviewers should review the peer review policy of TOURMAN 2021 before accepting their reviewer role.
- Reviews should be conducted objectively.
- Personal criticism of the author(s) is inappropriate, as are defamatory/libelous remarks.
- Reviewers should express their views clearly with supporting arguments and references.
- Reviewers should declare any potential competing interests.
- Reviewers should decline to review manuscripts with which they believe they have a competing interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any of the authors, companies, or institutions connected to the abstracts/papers.
- Reviewers should respect the confidentiality of material supplied to them and not discuss unpublished manuscripts with colleagues or use the information in their own work.
- Any reviewer who wants to pass a peer review invitation onto a colleague must contact the conference Co-Chairs or the Associate Chairs in the first instance.
Where a conference Co-Chair or an Associate Chair is on the author list or has any other competing interest regarding a specific manuscript, another member of the Scientific Committee will be assigned to oversee peer review. Conference Co-Chairs and Associate Chairs will consider the peer-reviewed reports when making a decision, but are not bound by the opinions or recommendations therein. A concern raised by a single peer reviewer or a Co-Chair or an Associate Chair himself may result in the manuscript being rejected. Authors receive peer review reports with the editorial decision through the TOURMAN 2021 EasyChair online submission platform.
Principles to which TOURMAN 2021 peer reviewers should adhere
All TOURMAN 2021 reviewers are requested to follow the COPE Ethical Guidelines for Peer Reviewers. In addition, peer reviewers should:
- only agree to review manuscripts for which they have the subject expertise required to carry out a proper assessment and which they can assess in a timely manner;
- respect the confidentiality of peer review and not reveal any details of a manuscript or its review, during or after the peer-review process;
- not use information obtained during the peer-review process for their own or any other person’s or organisation’s advantage, or to disadvantage or discredit others;
- declare all potential conflicting interests, seeking advice from the conference Co-Chairs or the Associate Chairs if they are unsure whether something constitutes a relevant interest;
- not allow their reviews to be influenced by the origins of a manuscript, by the nationality, religious or political beliefs, gender or other characteristics of the authors, or by commercial considerations;
- be objective and constructive in their reviews, refraining from being hostile or inflammatory and from making libellous or derogatory personal comments;
- acknowledge that peer review is largely a reciprocal endeavour and undertake to carry out their fair share of reviewing and in a timely manner;
- provide TOURMAN 2021 with personal and professional information that is accurate and a true representation of their expertise
- recognise that impersonation of another individual during the review process is considered serious misconduct.
Cases of suspected misconduct
Allegations of misconduct or cases of suspected misconduct are investigated in accordance with the COPE Best Practice Guidelines as far as is practicable.
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