The readability of articles in tourism journals

Sara Dolnicar, Alexander Chapple
  • Annals of Tourism Research, May 2015, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2015.03.003

What is it about?

• Articles published in tourism journals are very difficult to read. • Reading difficulty appears to have bottomed out at the very difficult level. • Readability is not associated with citations. • Recommendations for improvements are offered.

Why is it important?

If we want our research to have impact we need to make sure people understand what we have done and what we have concluded from our studies.


Professor Sara Dolnicar
University of Queensland

I feel really strongly about writing up results from my research in a way that is easily accessible to readers. It does take a bit of time to shorten sentences and reword text sections at the end of writing up the manuscript, but I honestly feel it is worthwhile.

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