Chinese Researchers in the Journal of Travel Research (2011–2016): A Content Analysis

Jianwei Qian, Rob Law, Jiewen Wei

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This research aims to identify the recent research trends of Chinese scholarship in tourism. In this study, a systematic review of articles from the Journal of Travel Research from 2011 to 2016 is conducted. A content analysis is also conducted on the five major aspects of the articles, namely, the publication trend, important scholars and their collaboration, knowledge base of the studies, most influential research and, most importantly, the major research themes. The findings affirm a growing trend of Chinese scholarship in tourism, an imbalanced distribution of Chinese scholars and their cooperation with each other, top tier journals as the knowledge base, eTourism’s prominence in influential studies, and five major research areas. Finally, implications for future studies are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-125
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of China Tourism Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2019


  • Chinese scholarship
  • content analysis
  • Journal of Travel Research
  • research trend
  • tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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