Systematic Reviews in Asia: Introducing the “PRISMA” Protocol to Tourism and Hospitality Scholars

  • Saeed Pahlevan SharifEmail author
  • Paolo Mura
  • Sarah N. R. Wijesinghe
Part of the Perspectives on Asian Tourism book series (PAT)


Reviews of the literature have been regarded as essential exercises to assess the nature of knowledge produced in a field of inquiry, its gaps, and possible future developments. Despite this, studies assessing the nature and quality of the systematic review papers published in the tourism literature are scarce. This chapter provides a systematic review of systematic reviews published in hospitality and tourism journals by scholars affiliated with Asian institutions. More specifically, by considering the items of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses, also known as PRISMA (Liberati A et al, PLoS Med 6(7):e1000100, 2009), this chapter reviews whether and how they have been employed in the systematic reviews conducted in the field of tourism and hospitality. By doing so, this study enhances our understanding of the procedures followed by tourism scholars in conducting systematic reviews. It is expected that this study would provide researchers with best-practice guidelines for conducting a systematic review and pave the way for researchers to adopt PRISMA in their studies.


Systematic reviews PRISMA Tourism and hospitality knowledge Asia 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Saeed Pahlevan Sharif
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paolo Mura
    • 2
  • Sarah N. R. Wijesinghe
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Business & LawTaylor’s UniversitySubang JayaMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Hospitality, Food & Leisure ManagementTaylor’s UniversitySubang JayaMalaysia

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