Call for Papers

Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual

Duane A. Crider, Executive Editor
Gerard Lyons, Senior Associate Editor
Warren K. Simpson, Editor Emeritus

Submit to Applied Recreational  Research and Programming Annual


The Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual is now accepting submissions on-line through Scholastica. ALL manuscripts should be submitted on-line in Microsoft Word DocX. Scholastica will automatically anonymize these files to be sure that author identifications are not visible for the blind peer reviews. Documents prepared in Word DOC. should have all identifying information removed including metadata before submission. The button to the left will link directly to Scholastica Submissions.



When preparing research manuscripts for publication consideration in ARRPA authors should follow the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition. Copies of this style manual may be obtained through the Order Department, American Psychological Association, 1200 17th Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036. Most libraries will also have copies of this style manual.

One slight modification of the APA format merits elaboration. Wherever possible, but particularly in the results and discussion sections, of research articles, the use of highly technical jargon is discouraged. It is our intent to take the technical and the complex and make them highly readable and understandable for practitioners who may be less familiar with theoretical and research intricacies. So-called “layman” language is acceptable in trying to communicate data and ideas.

Additionally, when discussing specific statistical tests, used in research papers, please try to explain why the test was used and what the test is used to measure. This information is very helpful in clarifying research intricacies to those who lack a statistical background but can utilize the overall information in their programs. Finally, all research manuscripts should conclude with “layman” discussion on the implications of the research for the recreation professional umbrella areas


When preparing programming manuscripts for publication consideration in ARRPA authors should remember the goal is to provide relevant information to recreation personnel, from a wide variety of settings, that will offer them creative concepts and ideas to enhance their professional program offerings. When writing, authors should be sure to provide specific in-depth program concepts and details and be sure of clarity of presentation. It is recommended that authors use a formal, yet conversational, writing style that easily translates to conceptual understanding by all practitioners.


Manuscripts must be typed double spaced, including the abstract and references. Tables, drawings, graphs and photos must be clearly labeled and included as separate files. All manuscripts must be preceded by an abstract of 75-150 words. Research Manuscripts should not exceed a 30-page limit including all tables and figures. Program Manuscripts should range from 8-15 pages including all tables, diagrams, and charts. All photos should be submitted in JPG format. Manuscripts should not be submitted for publication elsewhere at the same time. Authors are advised to proof read the typing, check for grammatical errors, pagination, and check references for accuracy before submitting the manuscript for review. Along with the final copy of the manuscript submitted for review authors are requested to submit a cover sheet including the title of the manuscript, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation(s), proper running head, and date of manuscript submission. Papers are judged on topical relevance and clarity of reporting.

Manuscripts are evaluated by members of the editorial review board through a blind peer review process. All manuscripts should be submitted through Scholastica in three or more parts:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page with all author(s) contact information
  3. A blind manuscript copy with no author(s) information
  4. Tables/figures/graphs and photos as a separate file

For more information, contact Dr. Duane A. Crider:

Dr. Duane A. Crider
Kutztown University