Editorial Policies

Section Policies

Invited Papers

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Regular Papers

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Programs That Work

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Research Notes

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Special Issue: Social Justice Issues in Parks and Recreation

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Marketing Leisure with Diverse Populations

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Book Review

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Lessons from the Legends

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Commentary

This section is intended to provide a forum for recreation, park, and leisure educators, scholars, and professionals to share their perspectives and opinions on pressing issues facing park and recreation management and administration. Commentary authors should have in-depth knowledge of the topic and be eager to present a viewpoint on existing challenges, concepts, and prevalent notions related to research and practice. Submitted commentaries will undergo a peer-review process coordinated by the section editor, and acceptance criteria includes clarity and coherence of the author(s) position, the soundness of the argument, and reviewer judgment with regards to the contribution to the field. Commentary articles do not follow a strict structure but should have an introduction, a few body paragraphs, and a conclusion. Commentary articles should be no longer than 1,500 words (includes cited sources) and should not contain any figures or tables. Prior to submission, authors are requested to initially submit a brief outline of the key points proposed for the commentary to the Section Editor.

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: NERR 2019

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Special Issue: Innovative Methodologies in Park and Recreation Management

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Peer Review Process

Listed below are the steps of the review process for manuscripts.

  1. Manuscripts received in the editor's office are initially reviewed to determine if the subject matter falls within the general boundaries of the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration. Papers are also checked against the guidelines for contributors to determine if other requirements have been met. 
  2. If a manuscript passes these initial tests, it is sent to an associate editor whose background, experience, and interest match the content of the manuscript.
  3. The associate editor then conducts their own review and also seeks two reviewers.
  4. A maximum of six-eight weeks is allowed for this portion of the review process. After receiving reviews from two outside reviewers, the associate editor prepares a letter to the editor recommending disposition of the manuscript.
  5. When the associate editor completes the review, all copies of the manuscript, the review forms, and comment sheets will be returned to the editor with a cover letter recommending disposition. Manuscripts are the property of the author until they are published in the journal.
  6. Upon return of all materials, the editor reviews the recommendations of the associate editor and the additional reviewers. Based upon their suggestions, the number of manuscripts awaiting publication, and other logistical concerns, the editor will write the author indicating the manuscript falls into one of the following categories:
    • Accept for publication as is (which happens very infrequently).
    • Accept, but return to the author for minor revisions.
    • Accept, but return to author for major revisions.
    • Invite author to revise and resubmit for further review before a public decision is made. If the manuscript is resubmitted, it will be sent to the original associate editor for further review.
    • Rejected outright. The author is advised not to resubmit the manuscript.

 

Publication Frequency

Q1 - March 16
Q2 - June 15
Q3 - September 24
Q4 - December 28

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

1. Editorial Board

The Journal of Park and Recreation Administration (JPRA) is the official journal of The American Academy of Parks and Recreation Administration whose members are recognized experts in the field. The full names and affiliations of the journal’s Editorial Board are provided on the journal’s Web site.

2. Author’s and Editor’s responsibilities

No fees are charged to authors for submissions or inclusion in the Journal.

Authors are obliged to participate in peer review process and all authors have significantly contributed to the research. All authors are obliged to provide retractions or corrections of mistakes and a list of references. As no fee are required, no statement of financial support would be necessary. Authors are forbidden to publish same research in more than one journal.

3. Peer-review process

All of the journal’s content is subjected to peer-review. The peer-review is defined as obtaining advice on individual manuscripts from reviewers’ expert in the field. The journal utilizes a double-blind review process. Reviewers will have no conflict of interest. Reviewers will point out relevant published work which is not yet cited. Reviewed articles are to be treated confidentially.

4. Publication ethics

The Publisher and Editors shall take reasonable steps to identify and prevent the publication of papers where research misconduct has occurred. In the event that a journal’s publisher or editors are made aware of any allegation of research misconduct the publisher or editor shall deal with allegations appropriately. As soon as is reasonably possible, the journal retractions and/or corrections to articles when needed.

5. Copyright and Access

Copyright and licensing information for the journal should be directed to Sagamore Publishing LLC at 1807 North Federal Drive, Urbana, IL 61801 or by email at periodicals@ sagamorepub.com. The journal and individual articles are available to readers through Sagamore Publishing LLC’s website or through EBSCO.

6. Archiving

A journal’s plan for electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event a journal is no longer published shall be clearly indicated.

7. Ownership and management

The journal is owned and copyrighted in the name of the American Academy for Park and Recreation and published by Sagamore Publishing LLC.

8. Publishing schedule

The journal is published four times per year with the following schedule:

Q1 - March 16
Q2 - June 15
Q3 - September 24
Q4 - December 28