About this Journal
The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership is the only peer-reviewed journal published in the United States with a specific focus on the areas of outdoor recreation, education, and leadership. This collaborative effort between the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Wilderness Education Association, and the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation, the journal focuses on improving research and practice and reducing the disparity between the two in the represented disciplines.
The journal's mission is to improve outdoor recreation, education, and leadership through the publication and dissemination of peer-reviewed manuscripts. Publishing articles which contribute to the development of theory and practice is a guiding principle of the publication. The journal solicits high quality manuscripts from authors inside and outside of academia. Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts (relevant to outdoor recreation, education, or leadership) in the following three categories:
- Regular Papers: This manuscript category includes two primary divisions: (a) quantitative and/or qualitative research findings and (b) conceptual or theoretical discussions. Manuscript length is generally 20-30 (double-spaced) pages including all references, tables, and figures.
- Essays, Practices, and Commentaries: This manuscript category focuses on critical essays; best practices; and commentaries related to philosophies, historical perspectives, policies, pedagogy, or reviews of outdoor education and leadership. Each manuscript will undergo peer review to assess the manuscript on the following primary aspects: (a) the relevance of ideas or topic to the mission of the journal, (b) significance and potential impact of the contribution, and (c) clarity of expression. Manuscript length is generally 8-10 (double-spaced) pages including all references, tables, and figures).
- Research Notes: This manuscript category focuses on research studies presented in a condensed format or research studies which: (a) extend the understanding of a previous research study, (b) comment on prior research, (c) provide a methodological contribution, and (d) replicate or fail to replicate reported results. Manuscript length is generally 8-10 (double-spaced) pages including all references, tables, and figures.
Published contributions should appeal to a wide audience including practitioners, faculty, students, policy makers, and others involved in outdoor recreation, education, and leadership.
Authors are solely responsible for the content presented in their article(s). The content does not represent policies of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership; the Association for Outdoor Recreation and Education, the Wilderness Education Association, or the Western Kentucky University Research Foundation.
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The journal publishes two regular issues per year (fall and spring). An annual special issue is also normally published, featuring peer-reviewed research symposium abstracts from the AORE Research Symposium and the Outdoor Leadership Research Symposium.
The Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership was officially launched on October 31, 2008 at the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education Conference in San Diego, CA. Volume 1 Issue 1 was published in mid 2009.
Last fall we announced our agreement with Gale, part of Cengage Learning and a leading publisher of research and reference resources for libraries, schools and businesses. This agreement provides indexing and full text coverage of the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership (with a six month embargo to provide our subscribers with exclusive access to the most recent full text content).
We are very pleased to announce that the initial indexing and uploading of full text articles of all previously published JOREL content is now available through the InfoTrac family of databases: Academic OneFile, Professional Development Collection, and InfoTrac Custom Journals [August 16, 2013]
Discoverability and Preservation
- JOREL's articles are all included in the world's major library catalogs and databases: OCLC Worldcat, ProQuest's Summon, Ex Libris's Primo, and EBSCO Discovery.
- The entire run of the journal is preserved in the two leading preservation archives, CLOCKSS and Portico, which guarantee persistent access for the very long term.
- Every article has its own Digital Object Identifier (DOI) from the CrossRef organization, providing a permanent and reliable link for citation, sharing, and discovery.