Small but mighty: A newfound respect for brief research communications
Annals of Tourism Research
School of Business and Law / School of Medical and Health Sciences
While brief short communications may appear simplistic, the opposite is true. Research notes, viewpoints, and similar works are in fact small but mighty: a slice of impactful research in a tidy package. Scimago's Journal & Country Rank listing (SJR, 2018) indicates that among 102 journals across tourism, leisure, and hospitality management, about one-fifth provide avenues for less-than-full-sized research papers (generally 3000 words or less). Some outlets such as Journal of Travel Research and Annals of Tourism Research, offer a “Letter to Editor” or similar “Viewpoint” category published at discretion of the journal editors without peer review. While some journals may prefer accepting more extensive empirical work, the potential power of brief publications cannot be understated (Ertaş & Kozak, 2020); rather, these formats should be embraced and respected (Dolnicar, 2019). This short piece echoes Dolnicar's (2019) advocacy efforts by arguing that brevity should not compromise credibility. Similar to journals in disciplines such as medicine and life science, diverse approaches to knowledge sharing can be considered in tourism; publication formats such as rapid communications would allow for timely reporting of breakthrough findings.