“Beware of Fake and Predatory Journals” says Taylor’s University Based Editor of the Journal of Vacation Marketing

“Beware of Fake and Predatory Journals” says Taylor’s University Based Editor of the Journal of Vacation Marketing
At the “Gracious Hospitality and Tourism” conference in Thailand, Prof Perry Hobson shared his thoughts about academic publishing, cautioning academics and PhD students to be very mindful of fake and predatory journals. 

(L-R) Prof Dimitrios Buhalis, Dr. Sarote Phornprapha, Prof Jafar Jafari, Prof Cathy Hsu, Prof Perry Hobson, Prof Carlos Costa at the Panel of Editors, Gracious Hospitality Conference, Bangkok
Gracious Hospitality and Tourism: Towards 2030” was the theme of the conference organised by Dusit Thani College (DTC) in Bangkok (Thailand). As Dr. Sarote Phornprapha, the President of DTC noted, “Rapid expansion is putting pressure on infrastructure and destinations amid calls to boost spending and better manage tourism flows to ensure long-term sustainability. Balancing the needs of the host population and the needs of visitors will be critical for the success of the future” adding that, “Asian Hospitality and Tourism is often seen as offering superior experiences to visitors and guests.

Within Thailand, and the Dusit Thani Hotels and College context, Gracious Hospitality and Tourism is emblematic of the experience co-creation
”. As part of the conference, Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement was invited to lead a panel of “Tourism Editors’. The other panelists included Professor Jafar Jafari (USA), the ‘Founding Editor’ of the Annals of Tourism Research; Professor Carlos Costa (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Editor of Journal of Tourism & Development; Professor Cathy Hsu (Hong Kong Polytechnic University, SAR-China), Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Teaching in Travel and Tourism, and Professor Dimitrios Buhalis (Bournemouth University, UK), Editor-in-Chief of the Tourism Review.

Prof Hobson is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Vacation Marketing (JVM).  In his opening presentation, he addressed some of the challenges facing academic researchers today. He noted that, “there is an increased pressure to publish” and that there is now an increasing expectation that “you will do that in indexed or top ranked and high-impact journals”. He also cautioned younger researchers and PhD students “to be aware of the problematic practices of fake and predatory journals” which often target them.  Prof Hobson has been Editor-In-Chief of JVM since 1999. JVM has been recognised as an ‘A’ journal by the Australian Business Deans Council. Also, JVM is listed in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), which is the international interdisciplinary citation index produced by the Thomson Reuters' Healthcare & Science division. - (Global Matters 2018)