About the Journal

The African Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Management (AJTHM) is a peer-reviewed and open access journal that seeks to:

  • Publish and disseminate widely, research findings relating to the subjects of Tourism and Hospitality management on Africa or with implications for Africa.
  • Promote scholarship and research collaboration among tourism and hospitality academics and professionals on the African continent and beyond.
  • Help bridge the gap between industry and academia by providing a forum for the exchange of ideas between the two entities.
  • Provide an international forum for the discussion of a wide range of applied research relating to tourism and hospitality management in Africa.


 Frequency of publication

The AJTHM will be released twice a year (June and December) and will appear both online and in print.



Topics include but are not limited to the following:

Tourism and hospitality marketing, Tourism planning and development, Alternative tourism, Tourism and recreation, Community participation in tourism, Consumer behaviour in tourism and hospitality, Hospitality operations


Publication Ethics

This ethics statement of this journal is based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (https://publicationethics.org).  AJHTM upholds high ethical standards which ensures that high-quality scientific publications are produced in order to build public trust in the journal.


Manuscript Submission Related Declarations

Authors need to follow the following policies and guidelines of the journal. 

  • The manuscript in part or in full should not have been submitted or published elsewhere.
  • If any part of the manuscript contains previously published content (figures/tables), authors should submit a statement of permission to reproduce the material which has been signed by the author(s) and publishers concerned.
  • Authors should declare any previous or pending publication of the manuscript in any conference proceedings, letters to journals and brief communications, or as pre-prints on repositories.
  • If the manuscript is based on a dataset that has been the basis of another manuscript, authors should declare that by referencing the previously published article in the manuscript.
  • All the manuscripts based on original human or animal data should include a statement on ethical approval.


Ethical Standards during Research, Preparation and Submission of Manuscripts

Authors should uphold high ethical standards during research, data analysis and preparation of manuscripts. These include:



Plagiarism normally involves the practice of taking someone else's work or ideas and passing them off as one's own or copying part of one’s own previously published study without appropriate citation. AJHTM publishes only original manuscripts. Editors ensure that all manuscripts submitted are cross-checked by using software like Turnitin to detect plagiarism.


Citation Manipulation

This is excessive self-citation by a journal, whereby articles are found to contain references that do not contribute to the scholarly content of an article but have been included solely for the purpose of increasing citations. Authors and editors are to ensure that any submitted manuscript does not contain citations whose basic objective is to increase the number of citations of a given author’s article published in a specific journal.

Data Falsification or Fabrication

Fabrication is making up data or results and recording or reporting them while Falsification is manipulating research materials, equipment, or processes, or changing or omitting data or results such that the research is not accurately represented in the research record. Authors are advised to present their original data and findings and desist from fabrication and falsification of results.


Authorship and acknowledgements

It is expected that all listed authors should have made significant contributions towards the submitted manuscript and should have approved the final submission. AJHTM expects all submitted manuscripts to contain a list of ALL authors at the time of first submission. The corresponding author has a responsibility of ensuring that only those who contributed significantly to the work are listed as authors. AJHM does not accept guest, ghost and gift authorship.  Anyone who does not meet the authorship criteria, but who provided technical help towards the preparation of the manuscript content, such as data collection or proofreading should be acknowledged. 


Conflicts of Interest

Authors should indicate if there is any, financial interests or collaborations, direct or indirect, which could raise concerns about conflict or bias in the results, conclusions or implications. Authors should declare any personal conflict of interest, including their association with the journal, affiliation and any financial details with regard to grants, fees, royalties, and any registered patents. They should also disclose all sources of funding for the research work if any.