2012 Leisure Research Symposium - a Reminder
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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
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
2012 NRPA LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM
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
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.
CONDITIONS FOR SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACTS
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:
ABSTRACT PREPARATION DETAILS
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
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;
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
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 (