2014 Leisure Research Symposium Call for Abstracts





Charlotte, NC

 October 14-16

Jim Sibthorp and Ed Gomez, LRS Co-Chairs

The NRPA Leisure Research Symposium provides an international forum for scholarly exchange and discussion about leisure. The Symposium includes both theoretical and applied research that transcends disciplinary boundaries. Papers may address leisure behavior, structural and cultural aspects of leisure and leisure studies, or applied research directed at the recreation professions.

Papers are presented either as formal paper presentations, posters, or as part of a panel session. We have been particularly encouraged by the interest and feedback of panel submissions which have been a popular addition to the LRS symposiums. All abstracts receive the same rigorous, double blind review regardless of presentation format. Abstracts for all presentations are included in an electronic published book of abstracts.

Abstracts reporting empirical studies should contain subheadings identifying an introduction, methods, results, and discussion; only completed studies should be submitted. Abstracts reporting conceptual and theoretical discussions should also have an effective set of subheadings. Abstracts cannot exceed three pages, single‑spaced (see attached instructions). Because of this limitation, it is imperative that abstracts are written carefully and provide a coherent overview of the paper that will be presented.



  1. Only completed studies or scholarly/conceptual discussions may be submitted.
  2. Only studies that have not been previously published or presented at another professional conference may be submitted. Papers that ask the same question(s), use the same analysis, or develop the same logical argument as previous publications or presentations are not eligible.
  3. Two or more abstracts from the same study cannot be submitted to different sessions under different titles/authorship unless substantially different aspects of the study are represented in each paper.
  4. Abstracts undergo blind peer review by three reviewers with expertise in the topical area(s) to which the abstract was submitted. The Symposium Co‑Chairs make final decisions about acceptance, but typically adhere to the recommendations of the reviewers. Papers may be rejected due to time and space limitations, ineffective development of the 3‑page abstract, violation of conditions 2 or 3 (above),  weaknesses in the study itself, or failure to adhere to the standards of the blind review process (e.g., including name/contact information on the body of the abstract).

5.   Authors who have their abstracts accepted for paper, poster or panel presentations are expected to deliver their presentations as assigned during the Symposium. Failure to adhere to this guideline in 2014 will preclude a researcher from presenting at the 2015 LRS.

6.   Researchers who wish to submit panel proposals should submit three (3) papers addressing one central theme and a one (1) page introduction from the panel organizer.

7.   Theabstracts of student authors may be considered for the ALS Best Student Abstract Award.  Student abstracts receiving the highest scores during the review process (and indicate they wish to be considered) are sent to a sub-committee comprised of ALS fellows and the LRS Co-Chairs/Poster Coordinator.To meet the eligibility requirements for the best student abstract award: Only the presenting student should be listed as author, OR the abstract and research should be primarily the student’s work as defined by guidelines outlined in APA 6th edition.  Current graduate and undergraduate students and those who have graduated within 6 months of receiving a Ph.D. at the time of the Symposium will be eligible for the Award.  The author of the best student abstract will be notified in June, 2014.  

8.   Abstracts are to be submitted electronically no later than January 17, 2014 Abstracts submitted after this deadline will not be reviewed. Please upload your abstract and fill out all of the required information using this link:    


  1. Abstract
  2. Three pages maximum (136 lines total) including all discussion, tables, and figures. Abstracts exceeding this page limit or using condensed font to circumvent page limitations will not be reviewed. A reference list is recommended but not required (see below).
  3. Use 12‑point font Times Roman and one inch margins on sides, top and bottom. 
  4. Single space the text.
  5. Abstracts must have a title that reflects the general nature of the abstract in 10 or fewer words
  6. Use appropriate subheadings.
  7. Please do not explicitly identify the abstract authors in your electronic submission as this undermines the blind-review process. To remove author identification follow these instructions: In Word, go to File, Prepare for Sharing, Inspect Document, Inspect, Remove all Document Properties and Personal Information.
  8. Add line numbering to the text. In MS Word, go to Page Layout and select "Line Numbers, Continuous.”
  9. Abstracts that do not meet these specifications will not be reviewed. 

  1. Reference List
    1. A list of references not exceeding one-page (46 lines total) should be attached at the end of the abstract (as a 4th page).
    2. The list of references must follow the same font and margin format as specified above for abstracts.
    3. References list should be formatted according to Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).

3.         Panel Session Submission Instructions

A.       Panel sessions submissions require four one page abstracts.  The panel session organizer will be responsible for convening and moderating the panel session around a central theme.  Three one page abstracts written in accordance with the LRS guidelines (single-spaced, 12 point font, 1 inch margins, title etc) should be collected by the panel session organizer.  Abstracts should provide sufficient detail as to the proposed paper contents.  (PLEASE NOTE: The discussant’s paper does not need to be submitted at this time).

B.        The panel session organizer should also submit a one page abstract providing an introduction to the theme and summarizing the main points of the three presentations (i.e., the three abstracts mentioned above). 

C.        The panel session organizer will be responsible for writing the learning objectives for the session for CEUs. 

5.         Specification of Thematic Areas and Format Preferences

During the electronic submission process, you will be asked to provide the following information:

A.        Specify up to 3 specific thematic areas in the order of preference (from the 11 thematic areas that are listed below) in which the abstract could be reviewed. These areas reflect the reviewers’ areas of interest and expertise. Papers accepted for presentation will be re-grouped into coherent themes for the Conference Symposium.


1.         Leisure and Sustainability (e.g., environmental issues, sustainable tourism) 

2.         Leisure across the Lifespan (leisure, children and adolescents; family leisure; leisure and aging)

  1. Leisure, Health and Physical Activity
  2. Leisure and Tourism
  3. Leisure and Sport 
  4. Community Development (e.g., municipal recreation, community resources; building community)
  5. Cross-Cultural Studies and Diversity (e.g., leisure of ethnic and racial minorities, immigration, race/racism, gender/sexism, ability/disability)
  6. Outdoor and Adventure Recreation
  7. Management and Administration of Leisure Programs and  Services
  8. Methodology and Research Design
  9. Other (topics the authors feel do not fit any of the above categories)

B.        The author’s preference for presentation format. Indicate one of the following:

            (a) poster only

            (b) prefer poster but would do formal presentation

            (c) prefer formal presentation but would do poster

            (d) formal presentation only

            (e) panel session presentation

Note: Reviewers are not aware of the stated presentation preference. This information in conjunction with time and space limitations is used by the Symposium Co‑Chairs when establishing the final conference schedule. 

7.         Indication whether the authors would like their abstract to be considered for the ALS Best Student Abstract Award (see author eligibility)

8.         Learning Objectives   Provide three observable and measurable learning outcomes. Limit to one sentence (20 words or less) per outcome.

   1.      Learning outcomes are statements that specify what learners will know or be able to do as a result of a learning activity.  Outcomes are usually expressed as knowledge, skills, or attitudes.

            They help to:

  • Focus on learner's behavior that is to be changed
  • Serve as guidelines for content, instruction, and evaluation
  • Identify specifically what should be learned
  • Convey to learners exactly what is to be accomplished

   2.      When writing Learning Outcomes, use verbs that are observable and measurable.


9.         Contact information

    1. Principal author's name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, fax number, and e‑mail address. It is assumed that, unless otherwise specified, this person will make the presentation if the abstract is accepted.
    2. Information if the sole or the principal author of the abstract is a student.

C.        Full contact details for all co-authors. This includes full name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. 

D.        The principal author's contact information over the summer (June 1 to Aug. 31), if different from above.

10.       Correspondence regarding abstract

            Authors will be notified of abstract review results via email in March 2014.

LRS Co-chairs:           Jim Sibthorp ([email protected])

                                    Ed Gomez ([email protected])