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2012 Leisure Research Symposium - a Reminder

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  • Monika Stodolska
    ***** apologies for cross-posting**** Dear All, Below we are attaching the 2012 LRS Call for Abstracts. Please forward to any interested colleagues who may not
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 16, 2011
    ***** apologies for cross-posting****

    Dear All,

    Below we are attaching the 2012 LRS Call for Abstracts. Please forward to any interested colleagues who may not be on SPRENET/CALS/RTS-net. We would like to draw your attention to the following items that are NEW this year:

    1. Earlier submission deadline - January 10, 2012

    2. Additional new presentation format - a prerecorded video presentation. Video presentations will be posted on NRPA Connect and will allow those who cannot travel to the LRS to share their work with fellow researchers and practitioners. This year the number of video presentations will be limited to 3. Video presentations will not decrease the number of paper, poster, or panel presentations accepted for the Symposium, but will be accepted in addition to the traditional format presentations.

    3. The limit on the number of presentations coming from a single faculty author has been lifted.

    4. 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 last quarter of 2012.

    5. New, revised thematic areas.

    6. Best Student Paper Award (in conjunction with ALS) - see attached document

    7. New and improved abstracts submission page:


    If you have any questions, please let us know.

    All the best,

    Monika & Jason





    Anaheim, CA
    October 16-18

    Monika Stodolska and Jason Bocarro, 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, as part
    of a panel session, or in a video format that will be uploaded on NRPA
    Connect. 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 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 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 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.

    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 2012 will
    preclude a researcher from presenting at the 2013 LRS. Authors who are not
    planning to attend the 2012 conference can submit their abstracts for a
    video format presentation.

    6.  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).

    7.   NEW THIS 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 last quarter
    of 2012. The authors of selected abstracts will be notified at the time of
    the abstract acceptance notification (i.e., late February). The full papers
    will be due on July 1, 2012 (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.

    8.   Abstracts are to be submitted electronically no later than January 10,
    2012 Abstracts submitted after this deadline will be returned without

    Please upload your abstract and fill out all of the required information
    using this link:



    1. Abstract

    A. 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.

    B. Use 12 point font Times Roman and one inch margins on sides, top and

    C. Single space the text.

    D. Abstracts must have a title that reflects the general nature of the
    abstract in 10 or fewer words

    E. Use appropriate subheadings.

    F. Remove author identification in properties (In Word, go to File, then
    properties, summary and remove author name).

    G. Tracking changes must not be readable.

    H. Add line numbering to the text. (In Word, go to File, Page Setup,
    Layout, Line Numbering, select "Add Line Numbering", "Start at" 1, "From
    text" Auto, "Count by" 1, and select the Numbering to be "Continuous").

    I. Abstracts that do not meet all specifications will be rejected from
    further consideration.

    2. Reference List

    A. A list of references not exceeding one-page (46 lines total) should be
    listed in a document separate from the abstract if submitting a 3-page

    B. The list of references must follow the same font and margin format as
    specified above for abstracts.

    C. 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=92s 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.

    4.  NEW THIS YEAR: Pre-recorded video presentation

    The abstracts submitted for a video presentation should follow the same
    format as paper and poster abstracts. However, the authors who choose the
    pre-recorded video presentation format will not be required to attend the
    Symposium. By September 1, 2012 they will be expected to submit a
    professionally edited 15-minute long videorecording of their presentation
    (both the presenter and the power point slides). The presentations will be
    made available on NRPA Connect beginning with the first day of the
    Symposium. Viewers will be able to post questions to the authors and engage
    in a discussion in the blog format. Video presentations will not decrease
    the number of paper, poster, or panel presentations accepted for the
    Symposium, but will be accepted in addition to the traditional format
    presentations. Only 3 video presentations will be accepted for the 2012

    5. Specification of Section and Presentation

    A. Specify a specific thematic area (one only from the 11 thematic areas
    that are listed below) in which the abstract should be reviewed. These
    areas reflect the reviewers=92 areas of interest and expertise. Papers
    accepted for presentation may be further re-grouped into additional
    thematic sessions for the Symposium.


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

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

    3. Leisure, Health and Physical Activity

    4. Leisure and Tourism

    5. Leisure and Sport

    6. Community Development (e.g., municipal recreation, community resources;
    building community)

    7. Cross-Cultural Studies and Diversity (e.g., leisure of ethnic and racial
    minorities, immigration, race/racism, gender/sexism, ability/disability)

    8. Outdoor and Adventure Recreation

    9. Management and Administration of Leisure Programs and Services

    10. Methodology and Research Design

    11. Other (topics the authors feel do not fit any of the above categories)

    B. The author=92s preference for presentation format. Indicate one of the

      (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
      (f)  pre-recorded video presentation only
      (g) prefer pre-recorded video presentation but would do either poster
    or formal 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.

    6.  Indication whether the authors would like their abstract to be
    considered for the special issue of Journal of Leisure Research.

    7. 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

    8.  Contact information

    A. 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.

    B. Information if the sole or the principle author of the abstract is a

    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.

    9.  Correspondence regarding abstract

     Authors will be notified of abstract review results via email by the end
    of the February 2012.

    LRS Co-chairs:   Monika Stodolska (stodolsk@...) & Jason Bocarro (

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