Influence ratio: An alternate means to assess the relative influence of hospitality and tourism journals on research

Robert Douglas McKercher

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This paper proposes an alternative metric to assess the relative influence journals have on research by using an influence ratio measure. Hospitality and tourism journals are used as a case study. Influence ratio enables a suite of journals to be evaluated through the calculation of a score for each journal that reflects the share of citations and the share of papers it produces against all citations and all papers in the set. A higher influence ratio score signifies that a journal is proportionately more influential, for it generates a greater share of citations than the share of papers published would suggest. The study evaluated three sets of hospitality and tourism journals (17 hospitality, 41 tourism and a combined set of 54 hospitality and tourism journals). The study illustrates the efficacy of using the influence ratio metric. A small number of journals in each field play a disproportionately strong influence in informing scholarship, with a long tail of relatively less influential journals observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)962-971
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Hospitality Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2012


  • Bibliometrics
  • Citations
  • Influence ratio
  • Journal influence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Strategy and Management

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