The making of tourism research: Insights from a social sciences journal

Honggen Xiao, Stephen L.J. Smith

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This paper presents a content analysis of the comprehensive subject index of Annals of Tourism Research (1973-2003). The study identified 27 major subject areas and a series of patterns describing the growth of tourism research as published in one single journal. A significant increase in publications was observed in two meta-categories of subject domains: methodology and theory, and development and impacts. The findings describe the journal's contribution to theoretical constructs and methodological sophistication in tourism social sciences research. The article also discusses three perspectives on the evolution of research and scholarship.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)490-507
Number of pages18
JournalAnnals of Tourism Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Annals of Tourism Research
  • Content analysis
  • Research
  • Subject index

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management

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