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A Bibliometric Exploration of Events Literature In and Outside the Core Journals

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There are various positions on what literature represents "core" event management research and to what degree "peripheral" tourism and hospitality (T&H) literature influences and overlaps with this field. Previous literature reviews have made progress but methodological challenges remain. The influences of journal lists, performance-based research funding systems, and selective databases are discussed regarding the journal selection of events researchers. An exploratory approach to charting the core and periphery of events-related research was taken. Firstly, the relevance of a wide range of journals to event management research was tested using a measure of interrater agreement. Twenty-four of the 53 journals reviewed were selected as relevant. Secondly, a bibliometric analysis of highly cited articles was carried out. Two hundred seventy-two of 480 articles from 2008–2018 were selected and further examined using citation analysis. Three, four-star journals accounted for 60% of all references within the sample, despite only accounting for 23% of the total article volume. Quantitative research and articles about festivals or sports events were predominant in the sample, although the research methodology used and types of events chosen by individual articles had limited or no effect on the number of citations received. Most (77%) authors were based in Australia, Europe, New Zealand, and North America. Future reviews are advised to investigate blended approaches, open data, nonselective databases, and international perspectives.


Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Arts and Festivals Management, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK 2: Sport, Outdoor and Exercise Science, University of Derby, Derby, UK

Publication date: September 19, 2022

This article was made available online on March 10, 2022 as a Fast Track article with title: "A Bibliometric Exploration of Events Literature In and Outside the Core Journals".

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  • Event Management, an International Journal, intends to meet the research and analytic needs of a rapidly growing profession focused on events. This field has developed in size and impact globally to become a major business with numerous dedicated facilities, and a large-scale generator of tourism. The field encompasses meetings, conventions, festivals, expositions, sport and other special events. Event management is also of considerable importance to government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in a pursuit of a variety of goals, including fund-raising, the fostering of causes, and community development.
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