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2008 NRPA LEISURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM, Baltimore, MD, USA, 14.-18.10.2008 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joachim Willms [Managing Director]   
Baltimore, MD
October 14-18, 2008


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
Papers are presented either as posters or as formal paper presentations. All
abstracts receive the same rigorous, double blind review without
consideration of presentation format. Abstracts for both types of
presentations are included in a 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 extreme limitation, it is imperative that abstracts are
written carefully and provide a coherent overview of the paper that will be


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 are expected to deliver
their presentations as assigned during the Symposium. Please do not submit
an abstract unless you are committed to attending the Symposium.

6.    Abstracts are to be submitted electronically no later than February 4,
2008. Abstracts submitted after this deadline will be returned without

7.    Submission details and submission form are located at:


1. Abstract:

A.  Three pages maximum (136 lines total) including all discussion, tables,
and figures. Abstracts exceeding this page limit will not be reviewed. A
reference list is recommended but not required (see below). The text of the
abstract may not exceed onto a fourth page.

B.    Use 12‑point font and one‑inch margins on sides, top and bottom.

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.  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.

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 (5th edition).

3. Specification of Section & Presentation

A.  Specify a specific topical area (one only from the ten topical areas
that are listed below) in which the abstract should be reviewed.

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. 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

4.  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.  Full name and institutional affiliation of all co‑authors.

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

5.  Correspondence regarding abstract.

A.  Authors will be notified of abstract receipt and review results via


Authors will be requested to identify from the below list of topical areas.
Select the most appropriate one of the ten topical areas listed below for
review. These areas reflect the reviewers’ areas of interest and expertise.
Papers accepted for presentation will be re‑grouped into thematic sessions
for the Symposium.


For questions related to each of the following areas, contact the listed

1.  Curriculum and Professional Preparation

2.  Outdoor Recreation: Policy, Planning and Management

3.  Travel and Tourism

4.  Management of Leisure Programs and Services

5.  Leisure and the Humanities

6.  Leisure over the Lifespan: Childhood through Old Age

7.  Methodology, Statistics, and Research Design

8.  Psychological/Social Psychological Aspects of Leisure

9.  Sociological and Cultural Studies

10.  Leisure and Disability: Clinical and Community Focus

For further information please contact:

Bryan McCormick
Indiana University
Dept of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies
Phone: (812) 855-4711
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