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Introducting the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management's new Editor, Dr Fevzi Okumus

Dear colleagues,
 
After 20 years of service, Dr. Richard Teare has stepped down from the editorship of International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management (IJCHM) and I am honored to be the new editor of this prestigious journal. As you may already know, IJCHM is considered as one of the top tier journals in the hospitality management field. Emerald has over 180 journals and IJCHM is among their top-ten journals in terms of downloaded articles annually. For example, in 2006 the total number of IJCHM articles downloaded from Emerald database was 453,801. The same number for the first six months of 2007 was above 240,000. McKercher et al’s (2006) article published in Tourism Management identified IJCHM among the first four leading journals in the hospitality management field. 
 
On April 17 2007 , Professor Chris Ryan, the Editor of Tourism Management sent an e-mail to the Trinet e-mail group to share his journal rankings in the tourism and hospitality field. In his e-mail, he ranked IJCHM as a tier one journal in the hospitality management field. Recently, a study from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University looked at citations made to hospitality journals at googlescholar.com. This study found that articles published in IJCHM receive the highest mean citation compared to articles published in other hospitality journals (Law and van der Veen, in press). We owe these great achievements very much to Richard’s vision, clear editorial strategy, leadership and hard work, Emerald’s publishing, distribution and promotion strategy, ongoing support of our EAB members and finally very much to our readers and authors.
 
Our next task will be to strengthen IJCHM brand even further. Under my editorship, there will not be major changes in our editorial policy. We will particularly pursue the following goals:
 
Faster Review Process: We will strive to complete the review process of each article within three months. We now accept submissions via e-mail. Upon receipt of a new paper submission, the author(s) will be notified within 48 hours. If the paper is found suitable for IJCHM, it will be sent out to three reviewers and they need to review the paper and submit their reports within four weeks. We have developed a computerized database to manage the review process which will save time both for us and for the authors. Received, revised and accepted dates will be published with the paper to indicate the review process.
 
Rigorous Double Blind Review Process: IJCHM receives over 150 papers annually and our acceptance rate has been about 30 %. Each paper will be reviewed by three individuals. We will endeavor to include both academics and practitioners in this process. A recommendation from reviewers for publication will not always guarantee inclusion in IJCHM. The paper should also meet the editorial goals. It may sometimes take multiple revisions to prepare an article for publication in IJCHM.
 
More Emphasis on Practical Implications: IJCHM has a large international readership, as it is part of the Emerald database and the profile of our readers encompasses a high proportion of industry managers, students and academics. With our readership in mind, one of our particular goals will always be to encourage our authors to 'think audience'. We will strive to ensure that every article addresses the 'So what?' question in terms of practical implications for practicing managers and students. Our Editorial Advisory Board consists of both leading academics and successful industry executives. At least one of the three reviewers will be a practicing executive in the industry or would have an extensive managerial experience in the industry. In short, every article published in IJCHM should provide clear practical implications.
 
More Emphasis on Theory Building and Stronger Methodology Sections: IJCHM is an applied journal. However, this does not mean that we publish papers with weak literature review and methodologies. Every full article published in IJCHM should provide cutting edge theoretical discussions and employ sound methodologies. However, what we require from our authors is to write their papers in a way that practicing managers and students can comfortably follow and understand the research findings and discussions. In other words, papers published in IJCHM should be able to integrate theory and practice well. Through the pursuit of high quality content, IJCHM brand name will continue to be synonymous with excellence within the hospitality management field. It is certainly our ultimate goal to make IJCHM as an ISI journal within the next three years.
 
International Editorial Advisory Board (EAB): IJCHM already has a very strong and respected EAB which consists of leading academics and successful industry executives. We will continue adding new members to our EAB from all around the world who will help us raise the profile of IJCHM even further.
 
Support for Junior and Non-English Speaking Authors: We particularly encourage research students, junior faculty members and industry practitioners from all around the world to submit their papers to IJCHM. When a new submission is received, we will read it very carefully and if the paper is not yet ready for the double blind review process or if it is not yet fully aligned with our editorial policy, we will provide the authors specific suggestions on how they can enhance their papers before we send them out for review. We will be indeed happy to continue working with authors until their papers are ready for the blind review process. If the authors are not native speakers and their papers need to be proofread to enhance their readability, we can direct them to Emerald Literati Editing Service. Our reviewers will be more understanding and supportive to papers written by non-native speakers and junior researchers. If and when our reviewers do not find a paper suitable for publication in IJCHM, they will still provide constructive and detailed feedback on how the paper can be enhanced before submitting it to another journal. Again if and when a full paper is not found suitable for publication in IJCHM, we may encourage the authors to submit it as a research in brief paper.
 
We would like to ask for your help and support in following areas:
 
Promotion: Please promote IJCHM whenever and wherever possible in your lectures, meetings, presentations and professional discussions. If you would request an ‘authors workshop’ at your institution to assist your research students, faculty members and/or managers in writing papers for IJCHM, please let us know. We would be happy to arrange this.
 
Submission: We are happy to publish your first full or research in brief paper. However, we also want to publish your best paper. We would very much appreciate if you continue encouraging your students, friends and colleagues as well as leading scholars in the field to submit their papers to IJCHM.
 
Help with the Review Process: If you are a member of our EAB, we greatly appreciate your help in reviewing papers within given time with detailed and constructive feedback. If you are not a member of our EAB yet, you can join our ad-hoc reviewers’ pool by contacting us. Our ad-hoc reviewers will be eventually promoted to our EAB.
 
Electronic Usage and Citation: We would appreciate if you, your students and your colleagues continue downloading IJCHM articles for courses, workshops, research projects and presentations. In addition, we would also very much appreciate if you continue citing IJCHM articles if and where appropriate.
 
Feedback: Please continue sharing your views, comments and suggestions with us about how we can make IJCHM stronger and more successful.
 
Special Issues: If you would like to edit a special issue on an important and current theme, please contact us with a proposal.
 
Many thanks for your time and attention and we look forward to working with you all to raise the profile of IJCHM even further. Regards and best wishes,
 
Dr. Fevzi Okumus
Editor of International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management
 
References
McKercher, B. Law, R. and Lam, T (2006), ‘Rating Tourism and Hospitality Journals’, Tourism Management27 (6), pp.1235-1252.
Ryan, C. (2007) ‘For Discussion – Journals’, E-mail message sent to Trinet e-mail Group, April 17 2007.
Law, R. and van der Veen, R. (in press - 2008), ‘The Popularity of Prestigious Hospitality Journals: A Google Scholar Approach’ International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management, 20 (2), in press.