The goal of the Paper Hackathon is to support conference participants to network and form partnerships with the aim of developing and pitching a research idea for a paper publication in J (JHTM). The format is an intense three-day Paper Hackathon during the days of the conference. On the first day of the conference, researchers willing to participate will have the opportunity to meet, match and mix with others to form groups during a ‘research speed dating’ procedure. Groups will then work on their own time, place and pace during the first two days of the conference in order to develop a study/paper proposal (paper-a-thon); groups will have the opportunity to work under the mentorship of prominent tourism scholars and they will receive constructive and valuable feedback for their research proposals. On the last day of the conference, groups will present their paper-athon to an evaluation panel receiving more feedback and suggestions for their research idea. Groups with highly evaluated papers-a-thon will be invited to submit their completed manuscripts for a fast-tracked review process and a possible publication at the JHTM. 


JHTM has been successfully running Paper Hackathons for the last 5 years. The JHTM Paper Hackathon is a great opportunity to:

  • enhance your research and publication skills and capabilities through peer-learning and mentorship
  • foster new and/or enrich existing collaborations by networking and collaborate with other researchers
  • achieve a paper publication by sharing work with others
  • promote your skills and knowledge to the tourism community
  • develop and enhance your self-confidence and skills in working with others and debating your research work to a panel of experts
  • meet journal editors and other editorial board members and learn more about the evaluation and review process of manuscripts 

Even if you do not want to pitch a research idea, make sure that you do not miss the Paper Hackathon; just join its proceedings, meet and talk with others, learn by listening to paper idea presentations and the way journal editors view and judge the latter; it is a really valuable but also fun professional development activity.