Revealing the Nature of Contemporary Tourism Research: Extracting Common Subject Areas through Bibliographic Coupling

Yulan Yuan, Ulrike Gretzel, Yuen Hsien Tseng

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This study aims at identifying recent subject areas and citation patterns of tourism research by applying a bibliometric tool to analyze over 2000 publications since 2008 from 10 tourism journals. Twelve subject areas were identified, and interesting citation patterns were revealed. From this analysis, the tourism research was found to be quite dynamic but at the same time very much focused on marketing and management aspects. This article contributes to ongoing efforts to reveal the nature of tourism research and its knowledge bases by applying the methodology of bibliographic coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)417-431
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Tourism Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 1



  • Bibliographic coupling
  • Citation patterns
  • Content analysis
  • Multistage clustering
  • Subject analysis
  • Tourism knowledge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management
  • Nature and Landscape Conservation

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