The Impact of Tourism Knowledge: Google Scholar, Citations and the Opening up of Academic Space
by C. Michael Hall (University of Otago, New Zealand)
Tourism studies has recently been subject to increasing debate regarding journal and research rankings. This debate is reflective of broader concerns over the use of bibliometric tools for purposes for which they were not originally designed. Google Scholar is examined as a means of accessing the citation impact of tourism publications in comparison with Thomson Scientific [formerly Thomson Institute of Scientific Information (ISI)] databases. For pre-1990 publications the citation counts tended to be proportional. For papers published from 1990 on not only were the citation counts proportional the actual number of citations also tended to be very similar. The highest ranking tourism publications by citations are also provided.
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