Texas Tech University

23rd Annual Graduate Education and Graduate Student Research Conference in Hospitality and Tourism

Graduate Research Conference in Hospitality Tourism Texas Tech Call for Papers

Submission Details

We thank everyone who submitted a paper for consideration for the conference. Notification of acceptance has been sent to authors.

Please click here to download the template of the one-page abstract for inclusion in the proceedings. Also, instructions on how to upload the one-page abstract to the paper submission system can be downloaded by clicking here.

Approximate timeline of paper submissions information

  • Monday, May 15, 2017: Call for Papers released
  • Friday, June 15, 2017: Easychair submission system opens
  • Friday, September 15, 2017: Submissions Due
  • Wednesday, November 1, 2017: Notification to authors of accepted papers
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Final revised papers due

Stand-up Presentations

The presenter(s) will have 20 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions (25 minutes in total for each presentation).

Poster Presentations

The standard size of the poster is 36″ (tall) x48″ (Wide). Please do not exceed these dimensions.

All accepted papers (stand-up presentations & posters) will be published as one-page extended abstracts in the conference proceedings.

Formatting Specifications

  • Submitted files should be in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx)
  • Maximum of one page
  • One-inch margins, single-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point font
  • The title should be in all caps, bold, and centered
  • Authors' names, affiliation, city, country, and email should be centered with font size 10 point in Times New Roman
  • Do not include page numbers
  • No text or images should be in the header or footer of the document
  • First level headings are flush left, bold
  • The first paragraph after a heading is not indented, but all paragraphs after the first paragraph of a section are indented
  • A sample final abstract template can be viewed here

Additional Guidelines:

  • Three-Paper Limit: Each student may submit up to three (3) papers in total, either as the sole author or a co-author. Any papers received in excess of this limit will not be reviewed for this conference.
  • Faculty Endorsement of Student Research: Students submitting papers must list the name and email address of the sponsoring faculty member. As a reminder, papers submitted must be original, cannot have been published/presented or accepted in a journal or another conference proceedings. Students are encouraged to solicit feedback on their papers during the conference and to submit their final completed work for journal publication.

All accepted presentations/posters will be published as one-PAGE EXTENDED ABSTRACTS. Formatting guidelines for the final abstract and a template will be available later here. 

Presentation Proposals

This conference focuses on a broad range of contemporary topics relevant to research, education, and industry practices in hospitality, tourism, and related fields of study. Presentation proposals are hereby solicited, and the lead author must be a graduate student or an undergraduate honors student who conducted the research work.

Students may submit either a Completed Paper (2000-word Structured Abstract) for a Formal Paper Presentation or a Work-in-Progress Paper (1000-word Abstract) for a Poster Presentation.

To be considered for the Completed Paper, students must submit a Structured Abstract (2,000 words max., in English, including tables/figures, but excluding references) by the deadline (Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time USA).

Accepted papers in this category will be eligible for the "Conference Paper Awards." To be selected, the paper must solidly demonstrate sound theoretical development, proper research design, pertinent data collection methods, appropriate and relevant data analyses and exhibit a possible solution to real-world problems.

To be considered for the Work-in-Progress Paper, students must submit a Structured Abstract (1,000 words max., in English including tables/figures, but excluding references) by the deadline (Friday, September 15th, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time USA).

The intent of this track is to encourage presentation of research projects that are not completed but might be of significant interest to the research community. Both conceptually- and empirically-based papers on "work-in-progress" would fall into this category. A paper based strictly on a "research idea" or "literature review" does not qualify for this track.

Students must indicate one of the following tracks when submitting a paper for review:

  • Consumer Behavior, Hospitality
  • Consumer Behavior, Tourism
  • Education
  • Finance & Economics
  • Human Resources and Leadership
  • Lodging
  • Marketing
  • Restaurant & Food Service
  • Technology
  • Tourism & Sustainability

Once submitted, papers will undergo a blind review process and will be assigned to either one of the following two categories, depending upon whether they are Completed Papers or Work-in-Progress Papers.

Graduate Education & Graduate Research Conference in Hospitality & Tourism