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Author Guidelines

Instructions for Authors

Submissions will be accepted for review by the editorial team with the understanding that the content is unpublished and is not being simultaneously submitted for publication and/or review elsewhere. Although an international audience is encouraged to submit manuscripts, only manuscripts written in English can be accepted for review and publication.

Manuscript length: Regular Papers: (a) Quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method research and (b) conceptual or theoretical discussions; generally 20-30 (double-spaced) pages including references, tables, and figures. Essays, Practices, and Commentaries: Generally 8-10 (double-spaced) pages including references, tables, and figures. Research Notes:Generally 8-10 (double-spaced) pages including references, tables, and figures. Book Reviews: Generally 800–1,200 words in length.

To be considered for publication, all manuscripts must be submitted for review as a Microsoft Word or RTF file through the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership website:

Copy must be prepared according to the following guidelines:


  • All materials must be typed, double spaced, and formatted for 8.5 x 11-in. paper using a 12-point Times New Roman font with 1-in. (2.54 cm) margins on all sides (top, bottom, right, and left, including abstract and references).
  • All pages should be numbered consecutively in the upper right-hand corner.
  • A running head should be included on each page of the manuscript.
  • Consecutive line numbers should appear through the entire manuscript for review procedures.
  • The first page of the manuscript should include the title, abstract, and keywords. The manuscript text should begin at the top of the second page.
  • Author name(s) should not appear in the manuscript to maintain anonymity during the review process. Exceptions include in-text citations and references.
  • Each table, drawing, illustration, photograph, map, and so forth must be prepared and included within the text of the manuscript (not on separate pages) where the author would like the item to be placed. Tables, figures, and so forth should be numbered and labeled according to guidelines in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA, 6th ed.) and should be legible.


  • Each submission should be summarized in an abstract with a maximum of 150 words.
  • Submissions without an abstract will not be reviewed.
  • The title of the submission should be included above the abstract.
  • The abstract will preface the main body of the submission on a separate page and should enable the reader to get an overview of the entire paper, with particular attention to the need for the paper and possible professional implications as appropriate.
  • Three to five key words (in lowercase, not capitalized) describing the content of the submission should be provided at the end of the abstract.


Include only references to sources cited in the manuscript. References and in-text citations should follow APA Style. Include digital object identifier (DOI) numbers for references for which DOIs are available.

References should appear on a Reference page at the end of the manuscript, not at the foot of each page. Follow APA Style.

Spelling and Hyphenation

The authority is Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (2005).


If any figure, table, or more than a few lines of text from previously published materials are included in a manuscript, obtain written permission for replication from the copyright holder.

Online Submission Instructions

Fees are not required for submission or publication in Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership.

To submit a manuscript to Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (JOREL), the author must (1) have an account on this site and (2) be enrolled as an Author with JOREL.

-If you, the author, have not registered an account with this site, please click 'Go to Registration' at the top of this page. Fill in the registration; check the box for 'Author: Able to submit items to the journal'. Then click 'Register'.

-If you have an account with this site, please click 'Go to Login' at the top of the page.

-Once you log in, if you are registered as an Author for JOREL, you should see the journal's title and off to the right, 'New Submission'. Click this to begin the five-step submission process.

-If you don't see 'New Submission' you will need to enroll as an Author. Enroll as an Author here:

  • Under 'Country' is 'Roles'; to the right, click the box for 'Author'.
  • Click 'Save' at the bottom.

-To return to view your manuscript submission status, make sure you are logged in and click on 'My Journals' in the upper right corner.

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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.


Copyright Notice

Sagamore Publishing LLC (hereinafter the “Copyright Owner”)

Journal Publishing Copyright Agreement for Authors


I understand that by submitting an article to Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, I am granting the copyright to the article submitted for consideration for publication in Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership to the Copyright Owner. If after consideration of the Editor of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership, the article is not accepted for publication, all copyright covered under this agreement will be automatically returned to the Author(s).


Assignment of Copyright

I hereby assign to the Copyright Owner the copyright in the manuscript I am submitting in this online procedure and any tables, illustrations or other material submitted for publication as part of the manuscript in all forms and media (whether now known or later developed), throughout the world, in all languages, for the full term of copyright, effective when the article is accepted for publication.

Reversion of Rights

Articles may sometimes be accepted for publication but later be rejected in the publication process, even in some cases after public posting in “Articles in Press” form, in which case all rights will revert to the Author.

Retention of Rights for Scholarly Purposes

I understand that I retain or am hereby granted the Retained Rights. The Retained Rights include the right to use the Preprint, Accepted Manuscript, and the Published Journal Article for Personal Use and Internal Institutional Use.

All journal material is under a 12 month embargo. Authors who would like to have their articles available as open access should contact Sagamore-Venture for further information.

In the case of the Accepted Manuscript and the Published Journal Article, the Retained Rights exclude Commercial Use, other than use by the author in a subsequent compilation of the author’s works or to extend the Article to book length form or re-use by the author of portions or excerpts in other works.

Published Journal Article: the author may share a link to the formal publication through the relevant DOI.

Author Representations

  • The Article I have submitted to the journal for review is original, has been written by the stated author(s) and has not been published elsewhere. 

  • The Article was not submitted for review to another journal while under review by this journal and will not be submitted to any other journal. 

  • The Article contains no libelous or other unlawful statements and does not contain any materials that violate any personal or proprietary rights of any other person or entity.
  • I have obtained written permission from copyright owners for any excerpts from copyrighted works that are included and have credited the sources in the Article.
  • If the Article was prepared jointly with other authors, I have informed the co-author(s) of the terms of this Journal Publishing Agreement and that I am signing on their behalf as their agent, and I am authorized to do so.


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