About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The journal is an international platform for the development of transdisciplinary studies on tourism, culture and territorial development. Almatourism aims to improve the convergence and the integration of different disciplines studying the tourism sector as an instrument to disseminate the research and academic results internationally, with special attention of the Neo-latin and Mediterranean area. In particular, the Journal publishes articles concerning tourism-related cultural issues, both at a theoretical and a practical level. Different disciplinary approaches are present, such as history, geography, economics, statistics, sociology, environment studies, law, and more in general all the approaches in the social sciences and humanities field. The articles are published in English and Italian; contributions in English and other languages, such as French, Spanish, or German may be accepted. Two main strategic issues concerning tourism research in a local development perspective especially covered by the journal are:

  1. the relationship between tourism and cultural heritage in an economic perspective, in which professional and institutional skills, organisational and managerial capabilities, and rigorous, deductive ways of reasoning play a crucial role;
  2. the relationship between tourism and cultural heritage in a humanistic perspective, in which the geographical and historical sedimentations of places are more relevant, and theoretical inductive reasoning prevails. This approach is also related to effective relationships with the stakeholders through quali-quantitative communication tools.

Therefore, the research fields characterizing the Journal are related to the following main themes:

  • Analysis of demand and supply in tourism destinations
  • Anthropology of Tourism
  • Competitive Strategies in Tourism
  • Corporate finance for tourism firms
  • Cultural anthropology
  • Cultural Geography
  • Destination Marketing
  • Economy of arts and heritage
  • Financial accounting in tourism firms
  • Financial services and investment in the tourism sector
  • Geography of Development and Tourism Systems
  • Geomarketing
  • Geographical Information Systems
  • Governance and Policies of Tourism
  • Heritage and local development
  • History of consumption and fashions
  • History of tourism, holidays and recreation
  • Innovation management in Tourism
  • International management in Tourism
  • Investment and financing decisions in tourism firms
  • Land organisation and planning
  • Law for arts
  • New Economic Geography (related to tourism and culture)
  • Organization and Strategy in Tourism
  • Pricing: bundling or unbundling the tourism offer
  • Sense of places and cultural tourism
  • Service Management
  • Social, ethical and environmental accounting and reporting in tourism firms
  • Sociology of Tourism
  • Statistics for Tourism
  • Territorial Marketing
  • Tourism Economics
  • Tourism Geography
  • Tourism Law
  • Virtual tourist communities
  • Web-based Services for tourism marketing

Peer Review Process

Submitted papers will undergo plagiarism checks throught iThenticate, then they will be evaluated by Almatourism Editorial Team. After the first rating, selected works will undergo a double-blind peer review process with external reviewers. This means that the reviewers and the authors don’t know each other identity. To facilitate this, authors need to ensure that manuscripts submitted on Almatourism platform are prepared in a way that does not give away their identity. Reviewers are chosen on the base of their expertise and knowledge on the selected paper topics.

Publication Frequency

Almatourism is a semiannual journal, it publishes in June and December.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

It releases its articles under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

This license allows anyone to download, reuse, re-print, modify, distribute and/or copy the contributions. The works must be properly attributed to its author(s). It is not necessary to ask further permissions both to author(s) or journal board, although you are kindly requested to inform the journal for every reuse of the papers.

Authors who publish on this journal maintain the copyrights.

Authors are welcome to post pre-submission versions, the original submitted version of the manuscript (preprint) and the final draft post-refereeing (postprint) on a personal website, a collaborative wiki, departmental website, social media websites, institutional repository or non-commercial subject-based repositories.

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.



  • Claudio Minca (University of London)
  • Cosimo Notarstefano (Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Law and Tourism Law)
  • Antonello Scorcu (Università di Bologna)
  • Giusto Traina (Università Paris 1-Panthéon Sorbona)


  • Cristina Bernini (Università di Bologna)
  • Guido Candela (Università di Bologna)
  • Silvia Grandi (Università di Modena e Reggio dell'Emilia)
  • Cosimo Notarstefano (Jean Monnet Chair of European Union Law and Tourism Law)
  • Antonello Scorcu (Università di Bologna)


  • Fiorella Dallari (Università di Bologna)
  • Claudio Minca (University of London)
  • Paolo Rondelli (Council of Europe)
  • Giusto Traina (Università Paris1-Panthéon Sorbona)
  • Vincent Zammit (Institute of Tourism Studies, Malta)

Indexing and abstracting

The Journal is indexed in the following databases and search engines:

The journal is available in the following libraries:

Quality Control, Publication Ethics and Publication malpractice

The following statement is inspired by COPE Code of Conduct: http://publicationethics.org/files/Code_of_conduct_for_journal_editors.pdf



Duties for Journal Editor and Co-Editors

Editor and Co-Editors have a duty to act if they suspect misconduct or if an allegation of misconduct is brought to them. This duty extends to both published and unpublished papers.

Editor and Co-Editors have a system for managing their own conflicts of interest as well as those of the staff, authors, reviewers and editorial Team members.

Editor and Co-Editors have a process for handling submissions from the editors, employees or members of the editorial Team to ensure unbiased review.


Editor and Co-Editors encourage study and research into peer review and publishing and reassess the journal’s process in the light of new finding.

Editor and Co-Editors guarantee that errors, inaccurate or misleading statements are corrected promptly and with due prominence.

Editor and Co-Editors will publish corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed.

Editor and Co-Editors will respond promptly to complaints and will ensure there is a way for dissatisfied complainants to take complaints further. Complains and appeals could be sent to the almatourism@unibo.it

Editor and Co-Editors ensure that contents are published on a timely basis, following the stated frequency.

Editor and Co-Editors take all reasonable steps to guarantee that the published material is securely preserved and all articles are published in open access, freely available to anyone. Permanent identifiers with DOI guarantee tracking and preservation of articles in the long term.



Editor and Co-Editors are responsible for the selection and the publication of the articles submitted to the journal

Editor and Co-Editors take all reasonable steps to ensure the quality of the material published in ALMATOURISM.

The decision of Editor and Co-Editors as to accept or reject a paper for publication in the journal is based on subject relevance and originality and is guided by the review of suitably qualified reviewers.

Editor and Co-Editors will ensure that appropriate reviewers are selected for submissions.

Editor and Co-Editors strive to ensure that peer review at the journal is fair, unbiased and timely.

A description of peer review process is published, and Editor and Co-Editors are ready to justify any important deviation from the described process.

Editor and Co-Editors evaluate manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.

Editor and Co-Editors' decision may be constrained by such legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement and plagiarism.

Editor and Co-Editors provide guidance to authors that encourage accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing and the use of appropriate guidelines and checklists.

Editor and Co-Editors have a system to ensure that material submitted to the Journal remains confidential while under review. Confidentiality of individual information obtained in the course of research or professional interactions is guaranteed.



Duties for Authors

Authors are responsible for the articles they submit: they must assure the originality of their works, being aware of the consequences of misconduct.

Authors should always acknowledge their sources and provide relevant citation details for all publications that have influenced their work.

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review, and should be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication in order to provide access to such data.

Authors are asked to follow the Author’s Guidelines published by the Journal, therefore ensuring accuracy, completeness and clarity of research reporting, including technical editing.


Duties for Reviewers

Reviewers are provided guidance on everything that is expected of them including the need to handle submitted material in confidence.

Reviewers are required to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission.

Reviewers are encouraged to comment on the originality of submissions and to be alert to redundant publications and plagiarism. They will alert Editor and Co-Editor regarding intellectual property issues and plagiarism and work to handle potential breaches of intellectual property laws and conventions.

Reviewers should help identifying relevant published work that has not been cited by the authors.


The Journal policies will be reviewed periodically, particularly with respect to new recommendations from the COPE.

Archiving Policy

The University of Bologna has an archival arrangement with the National Central Libraries of Florence and Rome within the national project Magazzini Digitali.

Publication Fees

The journal has neither article processing charges nor submission processing fees.


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