CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2013 NRPA LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
October 8-10, 2013
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: January 18, 2013
Jason Bocarro and Jim Sibthorp, 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 recent interest and feedback of panel submissions which have been a popular addition to recent LRS symposiums. All abstracts receive the same rigorous, double blind review without consideration of the presentation format. Abstracts for all types of 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 instructions below). 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 discussions may be submitted.
- 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 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), or 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).
- 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 2013 will preclude a researcher from presenting at the 2014 LRS.
- Researchers who wish to submit panel proposals should submit three (3) papers addressing one central theme and a response paper from a discussant (see instructions for submitting a panel session).
- CONTINUATION FROM LAST YEAR: Authors of abstracts who receive the highest scores during the review process will be invited to submit their papers to the special issue of Journal of Leisure Research published in the first quarter of 2014. The authors of selected abstracts will be notified at the time of the abstract acceptance notification (i.e., early March). The full papers will be due on June 15, 2013 (the deadline will be strictly enforced). They should follow the format of papers submitted to a regular issue of Journal of Leisure Research. The full papers will undergo the standard blind peer review process. Thus, the acceptance of an abstract for the Symposium will NOT guarantee acceptance for the special issue of the Journal.
- CONTINUATION FROM LAST YEAR: Student authors of abstracts who receive the highest scores during the review process will be invited to submit their papers to the Academy of Leisure Sciences Best Paper Award. The authors of selected abstracts will be notified at the time of the abstract acceptance notification (i.e., early March). The full papers will be due on June 15, 2013 (the deadline will be strictly enforced). To meet the eligibility requirements for the best student award: Only the presenting student should be listed as author, OR the paper and research should be primarily the student’s work as defined by guidelines outlined in APA6th 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. More information will be provided later.
- Abstracts are to be submitted electronically no later than January 18, 2013. Abstracts submitted after this deadline will be returned without review. Please upload your abstract and fill out all of the required information via the online submission form.
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 be returned without a review. A reference list is recommended but not required (see below). The text of the abstract may not run over onto a fourth page.
- 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. Abstracts that include author identification will be returned without a review. 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.
- Tracking changes must not be readable.
- Add line numbering to the text. In MS Word, go to Page Layout and select "Line Numbers, Continuous.”
- Abstracts that do not meet all specifications will be rejected from further consideration.
- Reference List:
- A list of references not exceeding one-page (46 lines total) should be listed on a separate page at the end of the 3-page abstract document.
- 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 edition).
- Panel Session Submission Instructions
- 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).
- 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).
- The panel session organizer will be responsible for writing the learning objectives for the session for CEUs.
- Specification of Section and Presentation
- During the submission process, you will be asked to provide the following information:
- 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 should be reviewed. These areas reflect the reviewers’ areas of interest and expertise. Papers accepted for presentation may be further re-grouped into additional thematic sessions for the Symposium.
- THEMATIC AREAS
- Leisure and sustainability (e.g., environmental issues, sustainable tourism)
- Leisure across the Lifespan (leisure, children and adolescents; family leisure; leisure and aging)
- Leisure, Health and Physical Activity
- Leisure and Tourism
- Leisure and Sport
- Community Development (e.g., municipal recreation, community resources; building community)
- Cross-Cultural Studies and Diversity (e.g., leisure of ethnic and racial minorities, immigration, race/racism, gender/sexism, ability/disability)
- Outdoor and Adventure Recreation
- Management and Administration of Leisure Programs and Services
- Methodology and Research Design
- Other (topics the authors feel do not fit any of the above categories).
- The author’s preference for presentation format. Indicate one of the following:
- poster only
- prefer poster but would do formal presentation
- prefer formal presentation but would do poster
- formal presentation only
- 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.
- Indication whether the authors would like their abstract to be considered for the special issue of Journal of Leisure Research.
- Indication whether the authors would like their abstract to be considered for the ALS Best Student Paper Award (see author eligibility).
- Learning Objectives
- Provide three observable and measurable learning outcomes. Limit to one sentence (20 words or less) per outcome.
- 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
- When writing Learning Outcomes, use verbs that are observable and measurable.
- Contact information
- 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 principle author of the abstract is a student.
- Full contact details for all co-authors. This includes full name, institutional affiliation, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address.
- The principal author's contact information over the summer (June 1 to Aug. 31), if different from above.
- Correspondence regarding abstract.
- Authors will be notified of abstract review results via email at the beginning of the March 2013.
Submit an abstract via the online form.