Scholarly Article Critique


*For some reason I can’t get the link button to work from my Dashboard. I apologize for the long link.


The above link is for a scholarly article entitled Permanent Land-based Facilities for Tourism in Antarctica: The Need for Regulation.  The article is primarily about how Antarctica can be used for tourism and how difficult it would be to build land-based facilities (i.e. hotels, resorts, restaurants) that would be used solely for tourism.  It is designed to inform readers about how to best think about going about the process to increase tourism and to get tourists to stay longer throughout their stay.

The article was pretty well-written for a scholarly article.  The authors did not hold doctorate degrees, however, their credibility has been proven through other various research articles done on this field of research.  The article was not the typical research in which samples were used and surveyed to gather a conclusion, rather it was primarily done by gathering estimates and assumptions about the feasibility of building facilities in Antarctica.  The article was not the most exciting article to read but it was nonetheless interesting and thorough.  It includes the various regulations already set in place in Antarctica, the definition of land-based facilities, countries that have already claimed land there, and the future impacts on land-based tourism in Antarctica.  It seems to have covered all the bases in the research so as to distinguish it from an amateuar article to a high-regarded scholarly article.  The article lacks graphic representation or any sort of visual aides to help the reader understand the material.  Instead, the authors chose to break up the material through short sub0sections and bold titles in order to aide the reader in finding the material that he or she is looking for.  It seems that the article draws good conclusions based on the research and that it is useful in determining the impacts of land-based tourism.  The article does a good job of sticking to the topic and offering a non-bias representation of their findings.  overall, the article was well-done and seems to be very useful in the advancement of education in the field of tourism in Antarctica.





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