Journal of Leisure Research Call for Papers

JLR 2.0 Re-Launch

Journal of Leisure Research

The Journal of Leisure Research (JLR) is pleased to invite proposals for manuscripts to be published in one of two special issues to celebrate the relaunch of JLR.  The aims for these issues and proposal instructions are detailed below.

We seek thought provoking manuscripts that address critically important issues, trends, and directions for leisure research that have implications for individuals, groups, communities, society-at-large, and/or the environment. Proposals that challenge the boundaries of our existing knowledge and offer unique and innovative directions for leisure research are strongly encouraged. Manuscripts submitted for consideration may be conceptual, reviews of the current literature, thought papers, and/or data-driven.

For either issue, manuscripts can focus on any context or sector (leisure, recreation, tourism, sport, conservation, events, sustainability, wellbeing, etc.) that relates to the broad field of leisure research. The articles can approach a given topic from any perspective (e.g., philosophical, socio-political, cultural, psychosocial, economic, environmental, socio-historical).

Issue One: This issue will illuminate contemporary trends and topics in the field. Articles in this issue will critically examine the current status and future of leisure as it relates to leisure behavior, ways of understanding or knowing leisure and the leisure experience of individuals, groups, and/or communities, and approaches related to leisure in contemporary society from any perspective (e.g., developing societies, vulnerable populations, cross-cultural perspectives, and/or philosophy). Critical analyses and commentaries on leisure within the academy are also encouraged. Examples of critical analyses and commentaries on leisure within the academy could include, but are not limited to, larger societal issues and trends that affect our field such as education and research directions, organizational and disciplinary issues, and other trends that effect how we conduct research and prepare students for careers in our field.

Issue Two: This issue will highlight interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary aspects of leisure research. For this issue, it is required that at least one author be affiliated with the leisure, recreation, parks, sport and tourism field, and at least one author be aligned with another discipline. These manuscripts will focus on aspects of leisure, recreation, parks, sport, and tourism from the viewpoint of their disciplinary traditions, paradigms, and perspectives. Original research articles, research notes, debates or thought papers (with rejoinders) that present different perspectives will be considered for this issue. Some examples of possible topics could be interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches to lifespan development, health promotion/disease prevention & management, sport for community development, environmental, political, and cultural aspects of tourism, the environment, and more.

How to submit your abstract proposal

Please submit an abstract of no more than 600 words describing the proposed submission, and the issue for which it is intended (double spaced, 1 inch margins, left justified, with a cover page that includes author names, affiliations and contact information). The length of the manuscripts should be between 5,000 and 9,000 words depending on type and purpose. We envision thought papers to be shorter and data-driven manuscripts to be longer. Please see the JLR Instructions for Authors for more details.

Proposals must be received by Monday, March 12th, 2018 to be given full consideration.

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Editorial Board. Authors will be notified about the status of their proposals by Monday, April 9th, 2018.

Full manuscripts will be due by August 15th, 2018.

These special issues will be published in 2019. Please submit your proposals to: Feel free to email Laura Payne, Dart Schmalz and/or Megan Janke with questions.