Knowledge impact An Appraisal of Tourism Scholarship

Honggen Xiao, Stephen L.J. Smith

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This paper reports on the impacts of a branch of knowledge-the sociology and anthropology of tourism-on the scholarly community. A convenience sample of titles is used for a citation analysis. Results suggest that this literature has a majority of its citation impacts within and a smaller portion outside the tourism research community. The frequency of journal citations and the relatively higher rate of co-citations and bibliographical couplings in this research area indicate a strong and staying impact of these sources on academics. Citations beyond the Anglophone community are notable and implications and limitations of the study also discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-83
Number of pages22
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • citation analysis
  • knowledge impacts
  • scientific community
  • sociology and anthropology of tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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