This paper reviews a content analysis of studies published in 2008-2014 in Journal of Sustainable Tourism and some other relative journals and books, and makes comparison of experts’ experience in this field. Forms of tourism, subject themes, and methodology are studied. The results are: forms of tourism are variant, and studies on cultural tourism/heritage tourism and alternative tourism are increasing, but urban tourism is still lack of focusing. Subject themes are of great variety and some new themes have emerged such as tourism governance, carbon studies, vulnerability and resilience and justice. Multidisciplinary integration is prominent in theory and methodology fields but it still needs to strengthen quantitative research. Domestic research should be improved in these fields, such as forms of tourism especially in alternative tourism; themes should be more detailed and sustainable tourism practice should be improved. Besides, theory and methodology should be learnt from each other.
Lu, J.Y. and Nepal, S.K. (2009) Sustainable Tourism Research: An Analysis of Papers Published in the Journal of Sustainable Tourism. Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 17, 5-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09669580802582480