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Languages in Event Managment

The Association for Tourism and Leisure Research and Education (ATLAS) is dedicated to the global exchange of knowledge. One potential barrier to knowledge exchange is language, particularly as the academic literature is increasingly dominated by English. In the Event Management field this was underlined by a recent paper by Yeung and Thomas (2021), which showed that nature speakers from a small number of English speaking countries dominate publications listed in Scopus on event management.

As was pointed out in a recent reply to Thomas and Yeung (Richards, 2021), Scopus and other such systems are predominantly geared towards English language publications, and this bias is strengthened by the pressure to published in ranked journals, which also tend to publish in English. However, there is also a wealth of scholarship published in other languages, which does not become visible because of these language barriers. Even if texts in other languages can now be machine-translated, unless scholars are aware of sources in other languages these will not be used. A recent discussion of these issues on Academia indicated an interest in addressing these issues by increasing the visibility of event management research in other languages. This can also help to identify global themes in research, as well as tracing specific national, regional or linguistic areas of focus.

As a first step in creating an international, multilingual database, each member of the group should carry out a search for literature on ‘event management’ in their own language and country/region. This search should not be based on SCOPUS (which mainly lists sources in English), but on search systems that feature other languages (including Google Scholar), or searches in journal databases directly to uncover publications. The period of publication covered should be from 2009-2019, the period also covered by Yeung and Thomas. Each member should produce a reference list of the publications, which we will then compile into a master database for the project. 

For each source, the following information should be provided (where available):

  • Author(s)

  • Title

  • Year     

  • Journal name   

  • Volume

  • Issue number   

  • Start Page and End Page             

  • DOI/ web Link   

  • Subject category (according to Getz and Page typology) 

  • Country of first author  



An Excel spreadsheet with these headings is available here.

The references should of course be in the original language, but if there is already a translated title in English available, it would also be useful to list this. For each source listed, please provide a classification of the main focus of the paper according to the ‘core phenomenon’ of Getz and Page’s (2016a, p. 597) typology of planned events and venues: 

  • Personal antecedents and decision-making 

  • Event experiences and meanings 

  • Outcomes and the impacted (e.g. impacts and the people and groups impacted) 

  • Patterns and processes 

  • Planning, design and management 

In short, we are looking for a literature list of sources in your language, and an analysis of the number of sources in each area of Getz and Page’s typology. This will allow us to extend and improve Yeung and Thomas’ analysis, and to compare the focus of event management research in different countries and regions in terms of subject area. 

Project participants will be listed on the project website, and invited to join a collaborative publication of the results in the Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

For any further questions, please contact Greg Richards, project coordinator on behalf of ATLAS.


Richards, G. (2021) Pulling the long tail of event management research. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events. DOI: 10.1080/19407963.2021.1890755

Yeung, E. and Thomas, R. (2021). The ‘long tail’ of event management research: evidence from the field’s main journals. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events.

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