Tourism research progress - A bibliometric analysis of tourism review publications

Leong, Lai-Ying and Hew, Teck-Soon and Tan, Garry Wei-Han and Ooi, Keng-Boon and Lee, Voon-Hsien (2021) Tourism research progress - A bibliometric analysis of tourism review publications. Tourism Review, 76 (1). pp. 1-26. ISSN 1660-5373, DOI

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Purpose - Tourism review (TR) celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2020. The purpose of this paper is to proffer a holistic overview of TR based on bibliometric analyses of the publications from 2001 to 2019. Design/methodology/approach - The research method entails performance analyses and science mapping analyses on TR. The performance analyses engage a sequence of bibliometric statistics, including citation analysis, most cited authors and papers, most influential and productive authors, countries and institutions to name a few. The authors also used visualization of similarities viewer to perform the science mapping analysis of TR based on co-citations of cited authors, bibliographic couplings of authors and countries and co-occurrences of authors' keywords from 2001 to 2019 and from 2014 to 2019. To examine the thematic evolution using SciMAT, a de-duplicating process was conducted in which 1,485 keywords were refined to 128 word groups before thematic evolution map and strategic diagrams for the three sub-periods were generated. Findings - The thematic evolution map revealed ten thematic areas. The key themes of each of these thematic areas are destination studies, tourism destination and hospitality tourism; destination studies, competitiveness and innovations, co-operations and experience tourism; business studies, sports tourism, tourism destination and satisfaction; quality studies, networks, social studies and co-operation; business model and sports tourism; tourism management and tourism destination; political studies, perception and satisfaction; political studies, sustainability studies, social studies and health tourism; behavior, perception and satisfaction; and cultural tourism and tourism destination. Research limitations/implications - The study has managed to unveil the key trends of publications, authors, affiliations, nations and authors' keywords. The findings are useful for potential authors to have a quick snapshot of what is expected from and what is happening in TR. Originality/value - The study serves as a historical record of TR's publications. It presents comprehensive bibliometric analyses of the publications in TR and identifying the key research trends.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bibliometric analysis; Science mapping; Bibliographic coupling; Co-citations; Citation structure analysis; Tourism journals; VOS viewer; Co-occurrence
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory > Business cycles. Economic fluctuations
Divisions: Faculty of Business and Economics > Department of Accounting
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2022 02:38
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2022 02:38

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