As the official journal of the World Leisure Organization, the purpose of the World Leisure Journal is to stimulate and communicate research, theory and critical thought in all areas that address leisure, including play, recreation, education, the arts and culture, sport, festivals, events and celebrations, health and fitness and travel and tourism. Empirical and theoretical manuscripts, as well as position papers, review articles and critical essays are published in the World Leisure Journal. Because the World Leisure Journal is international in scope, authors from all areas of the world are encouraged to submit manuscripts. Comparative cross-national and cross-cultural research reports are especially welcome.

For empirical papers, all types of research methods are appropriate and the subject matter in papers may be addressed from perspectives derived from the social, behavioral and biological sciences, education and the humanities. Both pure and applied research papers, including methodological contributions, are appropriate for publication in the World Leisure Journal. In addition to original research papers and review essays, book reviews, research notes and comments are appropriate for publication in the World Leisure Journal. The Journal also publishes special issues that showcase research on single themes of particular importance to the field and guest contributions. The Journal is published quarterly in both print and electronic formats.

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  Editorial Structure

The International Editorial Advisory Board, which consists of senior level leisure and recreation researchers and/or practitioners, advises the Editor-in-Chief with respect to the content of and direction to be pursued by the Journal. They may also from time to time be called upon to review manuscripts but that is not their primary role.

For their services, the Editor-in-Chief and members of the Editorial Board and the International Editorial Advisory Board receive complementary membership of the World Leisure Organization during their terms of appointment.

  Criteria for Acceptance

The primary criteria for publication are methodological soundness and contribution to our understanding of leisure, recreation and related issues. While no contribution will be rejected solely on the basis of being excessively technical or overly applied, authors should endeavor to write in a clear, precise and succinct manner. Manuscripts are invited and encouraged from authors from throughout the world but must be written in English. All individuals who are listed as authors must have approved the manuscript as submitted. Citations must be provided for all information either referred to or quoted in the text. Authors should receive written permission from the original author and/or publisher for the reproduction of any copyrighted material. Manuscripts must not be under review or have already been published elsewhere.

The presentation of a paper at a conference or the publication of a preliminary report in conference proceedings does not constitute prior publication so long as the manuscript submitted to the World Leisure Journal differs significantly from the presentation or proceedings paper.

  Rejected Manuscripts

Authors whose manuscripts have been rejected for publication will be informed of the reasons for the rejection by the Editor-in-Chief. In some cases, the subject matter of the manuscript will be outside of the scope of the World Leisure Journal. In these cases, the reviewers or Editor-in-Chief may suggest alternative outlets to the author. Rejections are final. However, authors who prepare entirely new manuscripts based on the same data or theorizing as the rejected paper, may submit them for review. In this case, they will be treated as new, not as revised, manuscripts and will undergo a completely new review.

  Manuscript Submission Procedure

Authors should prepare and upload two versions of their manuscript. One should be a complete text, while in the second, all document information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees. When uploading files, authors will then be able to define the non-anonymous version as “File not for review.”

Manuscripts should be single spaced and conform to American Psychological Association (APA) style as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Ed.). Papers should not normally exceed 9,000 words (excluding tables, references, captions, footnotes and endnotes).

Links to the APA style guide and to information about such things as length of abstract and number of keywords required for submission are available on the Journal’s Instructions for Authors page on the Informaworld website (see above).

   Manuscript Review Procedure

  1. Accept, subject only to copy editing
    2. Accept with minor revisions
    3. Conditionally accept; major revisions necessary
    4. Reject but encourage major revision and resubmission
    5. Reject

The Editor-in-Chief will inform authors of the final outcomes of their manuscripts. If accepted for publication, the Taylor & Francis Central Article Tracking System will automatically provide authors with a transfer of copyright form for signature and return. The World Leisure Organization retains the copyright on all published manuscripts.

   Revising Manuscripts

Authors will be automatically provided with copies of all reviews of their manuscripts. If revisions are required, authors should revise and resubmit their manuscript to the World Leisure Journal ScholarOne Manuscripts site, along with a description of how they addressed reviewer concerns and suggestions. While authors may dispute reviewer comments and suggestions, they must provide a sound argument in support of their position. When only minor revisions are needed, the Editor-in-Chief can approve revised manuscripts without the need for further review by external reviewers. When more substantial revisions are required, the revisions may be considered by external reviewers as well as the Editor-in-Chief.

  Editorial Board

Grant Cushman
Lincoln University, New Zealand

Bob Gidlow
Lincoln University, New Zealand

Hans Mommaas
Tilburg University, The Netherlands

Ken Roberts
Liverpool University, UK

Atara Sivan
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Robert  A. Stebbins
University of Calgary, Canada

A.J. Veal
University of Technology Sydney, Australia


Atara Sivan
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

Editorial Assistant

Eugene Tam
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong

International Editorial Advisory Board

Sokho Choe
Seoul School of Integrated Sciences and Technologies, South Korea

John Crompton
Texas A&M University, USA

Heather Gibson
University of Florida, USA

Bülent Gürbüz
Ankara University, Turkey

Karla Henderson
North Carolina State University, USA

Douglas Kleiber
University of Georgia, USA

Steven Anderson
Florida International University, USA

Francis Lobo
Edith Cowan University, Australia

Jose Machado Pais
University of Lisbon

Stephen Wearing
University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Jiri Zuzanek
University of Waterloo, Canada

Archive of Previous Editorial and International Editorial Advisory Boards’ Members

This is meant to be a space to thank and acknowledge the contribution of those who have been part of the World Leisure Journal’s Editorial and International Editorial Advisory Boards along the years. Their contributions were crucial for the WL Journal to get where it is today, and for that we thank them on behalf of the editorial team and the WLO.

  • Ishwar Modi [deceased]
  • Jan te Kloeze [deceased]