Sustainability of studies on sustainable tourism – a bibliometric approach

Authors

  • Tomasz Napierała CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, Rua do Conhecimento, No. 4, 2520-614 Peniche, (Portugal); University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Kopcińskiego 31, 90-142 Łódź (Poland) image/svg+xml https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6407-5197
  • Katarzyna Leśniewska-Napierała CiTUR Centre for Tourism Research, Development and Innovation, Rua do Conhecimento, No. 4, 2520-614 Peniche, (Portugal); University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Kopcińskiego 31, 90-142 Łódź (Poland) image/svg+xml https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2998-6179
  • Mohammed Al-Rawhani Mersin University, Faculty of Architecture, Çiftlikköy, Mersin Ünv., 33110 Yenişehir/Mersin (Turkey) image/svg+xml
  • Rovshen Bayramdurdyyev Suleyman Demirel University, Çünür, Süleyman Demirel Cd., 32260 Merkez/Isparta (Turkey) image/svg+xml
  • Hubert Bugaj University of Lodz, Faculty of Geographical Sciences, Kopcińskiego 31, 90-142 Łódź (Poland) image/svg+xml
  • Abdurrahman Cetin Ankara University, Emniyet, Dögol Cd. 6A, 06560 Yenimahalle/Ankara (Turkey) image/svg+xml
  • Joromain Gonzalvo La Sapienza University of Rome, Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5, 00185 Roma RM (Italy) image/svg+xml

Keywords:

sustainability of science, sustainable tourism, bibliometric analysis, tourism research, Journal of Sustainable Tourism

Abstract

The core values of sustainability should be emphasised: economic development, social inclusion, equity as well as diversity and environmental protection. Those values should be reflected in various characteristics of studies on sustainable tourism. And this is the question we ask in our paper: are the studies of sustainable tourism sustainable? To address that question, we applied a bibliometric analysis of papers published within the last ten years in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism, the most influential scientific journal strictly focused on sustainable tourism issues. The analysis has revealed some doubts related to financial support for the research presented in the papers published, open access to the investigated articles, the differentiation of scientific disciplines whose achievements are presented, the expected methodological triangulation applied in the investigated papers, spatial volatility of case study areas in empirical works presented in the journal and, finally, the Anglo-American domination in the discourse on sustainable tourism.

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Published

2022-11-17

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Napierała, T., Leśniewska-Napierała, K., Al-Rawhani, M., Bayramdurdyyev, R., Bugaj, H., Cetin, A., & Gonzalvo, J. (2022). Sustainability of studies on sustainable tourism – a bibliometric approach. European Spatial Research and Policy. Retrieved from https://czasopisma.uni.lodz.pl/esrap/article/view/13557

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    Grant numbers 2019-1-PL01-KA203-064946