Call for Papers


Manuscripts are now being solicited by the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL).

Journal Mission: to improve outdoor recreation, education, and leadership through the publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts centered on professional practice, research, and theoretical discussions.

Aims & Scope: The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership publishes quality manuscripts to disseminate the latest knowledge related to outdoor recreation, education, and leadership to help develop theory and practice. The journal seeks:

  • Regular Papers: (a) quantitative and/or qualitative research findings and (b) conceptual or theoretical discussions.
  • Essays, Practices, and Commentaries: critical essays; best practices; and commentaries related to philosophies, historical perspectives, policies, pedagogy, or reviews of outdoor education and leadership.
  • Research Notes: research studies presented in a condensed format or research studies which: (a) extend the understanding of a previous research study, (b) comment on prior research, (c) provide a methodological contribution, and (d) replicate or fail to replicate reported results.
  • Book Reviews: overview and critical evaluation of recently published books related to the discipline.

Relevant topic areas (centered on outdoor recreation, outdoor education, or outdoor leadership) for the journal include, but are not limited to: outdoor recreation, adventure recreation, outdoor education, outdoor leadership, pedagogy, administration, programming, risk management, wilderness medicine, certification, participant behavior, trends, diversity, training, and outcomes.

The journal provides a forum for authors interested in outdoor recreation, outdoor education, or outdoor leadership to exchange information via quality, peer-reviewed articles. This exchange is designed to advance theory and improve practice

Manuscript Submissions and Review Process: Manuscript submissions are encouraged from authors inside and outside of academia to help improve research and practice with a goal of reducing the disparity between the two in the represented disciplines. Manuscript preparation and submission guidelines are found on the journal’s “Author Instructions” page located at

All manuscripts, accepted for review, will undergo a blind peer-review process in which the author and reviewer identities are hidden from each other. The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership will notify authors of the review process decision approximately eight (8) weeks from date of submission.

Editor-in-Chief, Bruce Martin, Ph.D., Ohio University

Managing Editor, Will Hobbs, Ph.D., University of Montana - Billings

For manuscript inquiries, please contact Dr. Bruce Martin via e-mail: