CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2014 NRPA LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
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.
CONDITIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
- Only completed
studies or scholarly/conceptual discussions may be submitted.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
who wish to submit panel proposals should submit three (3) papers
addressing one central theme and a one (1) page introduction from the
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:
ABSTRACT PREPARATION DETAILS
- 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).
- Use 12‑point font Times Roman and one inch margins on
sides, top and bottom.
- Single space the text.
- Abstracts must have a title that reflects the general
nature of the abstract in 10 or fewer words
- Use appropriate subheadings.
- 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.
- Add line numbering to the text. In MS Word, go to Page
Layout and select "Line Numbers, Continuous.”
- Abstracts that do not meet these specifications will
not be reviewed.
- Reference List
- A list of references not exceeding one-page (46 lines
total) should be attached at the end of the abstract (as a 4th page).
- The list of references must follow the same font and
margin format as specified above for abstracts.
- References list should be formatted according to
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th
Session Submission Instructions
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).
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).
panel session organizer will be responsible for writing the learning objectives for the session for CEUs.
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.
and Sustainability (e.g., environmental issues, sustainable tourism)
across the Lifespan (leisure, children and adolescents; family leisure; leisure
Health and Physical Activity
- Leisure and Tourism
- Leisure and
Development (e.g., municipal recreation, community resources; building
Studies and Diversity (e.g., leisure of ethnic and racial minorities,
immigration, race/racism, gender/sexism, ability/disability)
- Outdoor and Adventure
- Management and
Administration of Leisure Programs and Services
and Research Design
(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
(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.
whether the authors would like their abstract to be considered for the ALS Best
Student Abstract Award (see author eligibility)
Objectives Provide three observable and
measurable learning outcomes. Limit to one sentence (20 words or less) per
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
- Serve as guidelines for content, instruction,
- Identify specifically what should be learned
- Convey to learners exactly what is to be
writing Learning Outcomes, use verbs that are observable and measurable.
- 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.
- 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
D. The principal author's contact information over the summer
(June 1 to Aug. 31), if different from above.
will be notified of abstract review results via email in March 2014.
LRS Co-chairs: [email protected]