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“Socio-cultural Sustainability for Tourism in Latin America (LATAM)”  

Abstract deadline: May 30, 2023 

Full manuscript deadline: December 20, 2023 


Editor-in-Chief: Catheryn Khoo 

Guest Editor 

Blanca Alejandra Camargo, Universidad de Monterrey 


Associate Editor Collaborator 

Alicia Orea-Giner, Rey Juan Carlos University and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne 


An act of academic activism  

This Call for Papers (CfP) approach is based on the premise that social categories including gender, ethnicity, colour, disability, and sexual orientation are biased due to white male privilege and dominance (Beckman, 2014). So, it also means that a researcher's location, gender, income, social status, political affiliation, and language can affect his, her or their chances of getting published (Sengupta, 2021). It means that implicit bias, such as unconscious sexism and racism, can explain why gender and how it interacts with ethnicity are often left out of the conversation (Khoo et al., 2019). For instance, non-English-speaking academics are seen as less productive (and are frequently paid less well) than their English-speaking counterparts because they write in journals with a lower status (García Landa, 2006). It also means that the language an article is written in has a significant influence on its citation count and impact factor (Franco López et al., 2016). The bias is also associated with a lack of funding and institutional-infrastructure assistance, which prevents them from competing with authors from coloniser nations (Sengupta, 2021).  

Although researchers from all career stages can submit their work, this special issue wants to especially build the capacity of PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECR) in LATAM. Therefore, mid and late career researchers are encouraged to mentor at least one ECR in the writing and submission of their manuscript for this SI.   

Because of these reasons, we are looking for economic support from universities and help from academics to facilitate the translation and proofreading of papers, as well as acting as mentors. There are different ways to collaborate and be part of this project: 

  • Universities are welcome to collaborate, offering or helping with proofreading services as well as funding to do so. 

  • People interested in proofreading papers are also welcome. 

  • Researchers are also welcome to be considered as mentors for ECR and PhD Students. In this case, it is mandatory to be able to write in English and have previously published in international journals. 

Please, if you want to collaborate, email us with your proposal. 

Purpose and scope of special issue  

The purpose of this special issue is to provide and legitimise a space for more interpretative and critical modes of tourism inquiry” (Ateljevic, et al., 2005, p. 9), and raise the profile of LATAM researchers who are focusing their careers and research on socio-cultural sustainability. This Special Issue gives them a place to talk about, argue about, and evaluate their research from a global perspective. This Special issue invites all researchers but especially PhD Students and ECRs not based in LATAM whose works focus on the socio-cultural sustainability of Tourism in LATAM. We encourage studies that discuss ontologies and epistemologies, as well as studies that use a range of methodologies, including qualitative (e.g., phenomenology, grounded theory, (virtual) ethnography, visual methods, case studies, etc.), quantitative (e.g., modelling approaches, text mining, sentiment analysis, machine learning, etc.) and mixed methods.   

The topics include, but are not limited to: 

  • Conceptualizations and worldviews on socio-cultural well-being in LATAM 

  • Social sustainability through tourism in LATAM 

  • Cultural sustainability through tourism in LATAM 

  • Tourism entrepreneurship and social sustainability in LATAM 

  • Tourism and indigenous communities in LATAM 

  • Social sustainability and the transformation of urban spaces through tourism activities in LATAM 

  • Indicators, strategies and models of social and cultural sustainability applied to tourism in LATAM 

  • Social sustainability and tourism events in LATAM 

Food tourism and social sustainability in LATAM 

Tourism and activism to enhance social change in LATAM 

Social and cultural justice through tourism in LATAM 

Individual and cultural dignity through tourism in LATAM 


Key Dates 

Submission of a 500-word abstract (via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.): May 30, 2023 

Final decisions on abstracts: July 30, 2023 

First draft: September 15, 2023 

Once the abstract is accepted, the Guest Editors will review the first draft with authors in order to provide personalised feedback and suggestions to improve the manuscript before the full paper submission. Please note that NOT all first drafts will be invited to submit, and all invited full papers will still be subject to the journal’s peer-review process. First drafts must be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; and copied to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Submission of full papers (via the journal’s submission  system): December 20, 2023 

Anticipated Special issue publication: End of 2024