An analysis of the impact of tourism journals on Google Scholar

Chun Hung Roberts Law

Research output: Chapter in book / Conference proceedingConference article published in proceeding or bookAcademic research


In spite of the increasing emphasis on the quality of publications in academia, there exists no standard list of ranked journals that is accepted by all universities and researchers. Such an absence of ranked journals is particularly true in the context of tourism, an emerging academic discipline. This study introduced a novel approach that evaluates the impact of tourism journals, which is operationalized as the average number of citations for each published article in the included tourism journals that are found by Google Scholar [GS]. Utilized the data collected from GS in three different time periods, findings showed the mostly cited journals generally matched prior studies. In particular, Tourism Management [TM] ranked first in 2009 among all included journals. In addition, the Journal of Information Technology & Tourism [JITT], which ranked fifth among all included journals, appears as the specialized journal that received the largest average citations.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation and communication technologies in tourism 2010 : proceedings of the International Conference in Lugano, Switzerland, February 10-12, 2010
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783211994078
ISBN (Print)9783211994061
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism -
Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference on Information and Communication Technologies in Tourism
Period1/01/10 → …


  • Google Scholar
  • Tourism Journals
  • Citation Counts

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