DIT lecturer launches first Volume of the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage

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13 February 2014: Dr. Kevin Griffin from the School of Hospitality Management and Tourism, DIT and Dr. Razaq Raj of Leeds Metropolitan University have launched the first Volume of the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (2013 edition). This is a high-quality, international, open access, online, double blind peer reviewed publication which deals with all aspects of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. It occupies a truly a unique position in academia and globally, can lay claim to being the first journal of its type,

For a number of years Kevin and Razaq have been leading a highly active international group of researchers in the area of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage. The group have published (under the editorship of Kevin & Razaq) special editions in three International Journals, and a special volume of papers under the auspices of the international tourism organisation - ATLAS.  

Motivated by reaction to these publications, and the growing popularity of workshops organised by their Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage Expert Group (in the likes of Nazare, Portugal; New Norcia, Australia; Maynooth, Ireland; Valetta, Malta), Razaq and Kevin wanted to take more ownership of their research outputs.  In a conversation with Yvonne Desmond in DIT's Library services, Kevin began exploring the idea of hosting and managing such a project using DIT based online software. After conversations with a variety of users of this software, the process of ‘creating’ the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage was painlessly enacted by DIT library staff. A highly impressive Editorial Board was assembled, with incredible enthusiasm from all who were invited, and the first submissions were received in May/June 2013. Throughout the latter part of 2013, papers were (double-blind) reviewed, formatting style was developed and finally on 13 February the journal was launched.

To explore the Journal (for free !), check out http://arrow.dit.ie/ijrtp/

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