Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology

ISSN: 1757-9880

Article publication date: 15 March 2013



Cobanoglu, C. (2013), "Editorial", Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. 4 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/jhtt.2013.43304aaa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Volume 4, Issue 1

Greetings from sunny and beautiful Sarasota, Florida!

I am proud to present you the first issue of the fourth volume! JHTT was born three years ago. Even though JHTT is a very young journal, it continues to attract a lot of quality manuscripts in the field of hospitality and tourism technology. Currently JHTT does not have an impact factor calculated yet as it is not a Social Citation Index journal (at least for now). However, Journal Citation Reports define impact factor of a journal as:

The JCR provides quantitative tools for ranking, evaluating, categorizing, and comparing journals. The impact factor is one of these; it is a measure of the frequency with which the “average article” in a journal has been cited in a particular year or period. The annual JCR impact factor is a ratio between citations and recent citable items published. Thus, the impact factor of a journal is calculated by dividing the number of current year citations to the source items published in that journal during the previous two years (http://thomsonreuters.com/products_services/science/free/essays/impact_factor/).

With this calculation method, JHTT published 30 articles in 2010 and 2011 in two volumes. The number of citations in 2012 is 94 (according to Harzing’s Publish or Perish tool). The impact factor of JHTT would be more than 3.0 which makes it very strong. Even though this impact factor is not validated, it provides a very strong indication about the impact that JHTT already started to have in the academia.

I would like to thank the authors for their submissions and reviewers for their hard work to make sure that quality articles are published in JHTT. Fourth and future volumes of JHTT will continue to publish high quality articles in the field of hospitality and tourism technology. Please continue to support JHTT by sending a manuscript, being a reviewer, or cite articles that are published in JHTT.

In this first issue of Volume 4 of JHTT, we present you five articles. The first article is “Exploring the behavioral aspects of adopting technology: meeting planners’ use of social network media & the impact of perceived critical mass” by Lee, Tyrrell and Erdem. The second article by Morosan is examining a very interesting area in the IT field: “An analysis of the relationship between travel preferences and intentions to use registered traveler biometric systems in air travel.” The third article is “Factors influencing customer acceptance of kiosks at quick service restaurants” by Kim, Christodoulidou, and Choo. The fourth article by Okumus tackles another interesting area: “Facilitating knowledge management through information technology in hospitality organizations.” Last but not least, the fifth article is “Mobile applications in the hospitality industry” by Kwon, Bae, and Blum.

I would like to thank my institution, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, for its support to house JHTT. I also would like to thank my Editorial Assistant, Ms. Katerina Berezina for her amazing help with the Journal. Ms. Caroline Moors served as the publisher of JHTT until November 2012. I would like to thank her for her service to JHTT. With this, I welcome JHTT’s new Publisher, Rebecca Evans, and Managing Editor, Sarah Baxter.

I invite you to be involved with JHTT. Please send me your comments to improve the overall quality of JHTT. If you want to edit a special issue, please contact me.

Thank you for your support and readership.

Cihan Cobanoglu

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