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Author Guidelines

Manuscripts will be accepted for review by the editor with the understanding that their content is unpublished and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. An electronic copy should be submitted using the online submission links above this section. Maximum length is 7,500 words (includes executive summary, references, tables, and figures) or 20-25 (double-spaced) pages in a 12-point font, with one-inch margins on all sides. Copy must be prepared according to the following instructions:

Form: All pages should be numbered consecutively. The author's name should appear only on the title page and nowhere else in the manuscript. Each table, drawing, illustration, or map must be prepared on a separate page and keyed to the text. All drawings, illustrations, and maps submitted must be clearly designed; their publication cannot be guaranteed otherwise. Photocopied drawing, illustrations, or maps are unacceptable. Scans should be 300 dpi.

AffiliationOn the title page, include full name of the author(s), academic professional affiliation(s), a brief running head, and the complete address, phone number, and e-mail address of the person to whom proofs and correspondence should be sent. As all manuscripts will be reviewed anonymously, the name(s) of the author(s) should only appear on the title pages. The cover page should be uploaded separately and not part of the manuscript.

Summary: Each paper should be summarized in a 350-word executive summary (in lieu of an abstract). The executive summary will preface the paper and should enable the reader to get an overview of the entire paper, with particular attention to the need for the paper and the managerial and professional implications of the findings. Five keywords that describe the content of the articles should be listed below the abstract. Manuscripts will be returned to the author if no executive summary is included.

Management Implications: Each paper needs to elaborate on the management implications of their results. Authors must make sure that this section is included in their manuscript, after the discussion. These implications should help practitioners and professionals in the field and are a key aspect of JPRA.

Notes: Footnotes will be compiled at the end of the paper (not at the bottom of the respective page) under a subsection as Notes. 

Acknowledgments: Information should be listed under a subsection at the end of the paper.

Funding: Information about funding with respect to research should be listed along with the project number, if available. If no funding is related to the research, it needs to be noted. This should be listed as a subsection at the end of the paper.

Disclosure Statement: Information about any disclosures or competing interests to declare. If nothing to declare then it should also be noted.

Permissions: If figures, tables, or more than a few lines of text from a previously published material are included in a manuscript, the author must obtain written permission for re-publication from the copyright holder.

References: Include only reference to books, articles, and bulletins actually cited in the text. All reference should follow the Publications Manual of the America Psychological Association (7th ed.). Citation in the text should include the author's last name, year of publication, and page (where appropriate); thus (Ferguson et al., p. 54) or (Thapa, 2013). All references should appear as shown below or in the APA manual and at the end of the typescript, not at the foot of the page. Typical journal entries would appear as follows:


Oshima, A., & Hogue, A. (2007). Introduction to academic writing. Pearson/Longman.

Individual chapters

Martin, A. (2006). Literacies for the digital age. In A. Martin & D. Madigan (Eds.), Digital literacies for learning (pp. 3-25). Facet.

Journal articles

Alam, K., & Imran, S. (2015, June 1). The digital divide and social inclusion among refugee migrants: A case in regional Australia. Information Technology & People, 28(2), 344-365.

Smith, R. P., Easson, C., Lyle, S. M., Kapoor, R., Donnelly, C. P., Davidson, E. J., Parikh, E., Lopez, J. V., & Tartar, J. L. (2019, October 7). Gut microbiome diversity is associated with sleep physiology in humans. PLOS ONE, 14(10), Article e0222394.

Conference papers

Cismas, S. C. (2010). Educating academic writing skills in engineering. In P. Dondon & O. Martin (Eds.), Latest trends on engineering education (pp. 225-247). WSEAS Press.

Morgan, R., Meldrum, K., Bryan, S., Mathiesen, B., Yakob, N., Esa, N., & Ziden, A. A. (2017). Embedding digital literacies in curricula: Australian and Malaysian experiences. In G. B. Teh & S. C. Choy (Eds.), Empowering 21st century learners through holistic and enterprising learning: Selected papers from Tunku Abdul Rahman University College International Conference 2016 (pp. 11-19). Springer.

Web pages and documents

Department of Education. (2020, April 22). Physical activity and health. Queensland Government.

James Cook University. (2019). Borrow and renew

Grima, B. (2019, September 30). A 60,000-year-old cure for depression. BBC.

Waratah Wynyard Council. (n.d.). Location of public toilets.

Youtube or online videos

ABC News. (2018, January 4). African-Australian community calls for bipartisanship, not sensationalism [Video].

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2017, October 18). Australia’s welfare 2017 video news release [Video]. YouTube.

Blog post

JCU Library News. (2019, May 28). Reading challenge reviews: Football heroes and tragics. JCU Library News.

Theses and dissertations

Lienart, G. H. (2016). Effects of temperature and food availability on the antipredator behaviour of juvenile coral reef fishes [Doctoral thesis, James Cook University]. ResearchOnline@JCU.

Hawkins, E. J. (1999). Artist and model: Shaping the creative process [Unpublished master’s thesis]. James Cook University.


Brijesh Thapa, PhD
Professor and Head
William E. Davis Distinguished Chair
School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
365 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078


The Programs that Work section of the Journal of Park and Recreation Administration provides a forum for sharing information about innovative approaches to recreation and park issues and programs that have been developed around the country, especially where the programs have implications for managers in other communities. The maximum length for this section is 5000 words (includes executive summary, references, tables, and figures).

Each issue of the journal features one example of innovative practice. Depending on the program or innovation to be described, each article will contain some of the following information:

  • background on what need the program innovation was created to fulfill,
  • the administrative structure in place to support it
  • program leadership, content, and such areas as financing, marketing, collaborative relationships, and evaluation.

The following is an exemplary article from the Programs That Work section; it has been provided open access for your reference:

Rodriguez, A., Ramirez, C., & Rodriguez, L. (2014). The City of Phoenix Latino Institute: Bridging the Gap between Community Needs and Services. Journal Of Park And Recreation Administration, 32(2). Retrieved from


Dr. Michael Ferguson 
Assistant Professor 
University of New Hampshire
Dept. of Recreation Management and Policy
Hewitt Hall, Rm 193
Durham, NH 03824 
Ph (603)862-1644


Research Notes are succinct narratives of research not intended for inclusion in future papers. The standard length of a Research Note is between 3000 to 4000 words (includes abstract, references, tables, and figures). Research Notes should provide readers with introductory results on new ideas, trending issues and original approaches; or an expansion upon previously published research that would not suffice requirements for a full-length manuscript. All Research Notes must contain references to essential literature and details of methodology utilized during research.  Research Notes should be submitted with an abstract of 150 words or less, 5-6 keywords and, “Research Note,” within the title.   


Dr. Jinyang Deng
Program Coordinator and Professor
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources Program
West Virginia University
Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources & Design
4100 Agricultural Sciences Building | PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
(304) 293-6818


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 2,000 words (includes abstract and references) 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.


Eric Legg
Assistant Professor
Arizona State University
School of Community Resources and Development
411 N. Central Ave, Suite 550
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone (602) 496-1057




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