Instructions for Authors

  • Submissions will be accepted for review by the editorial team with the understanding that the content is unpublished and is not being simultaneously submitted for publication and/or review elsewhere.
  • While an international audience is encouraged to submit manuscripts, only manuscripts written in English can be accepted for review and publication.
  • Manuscript length: Regular papers: (a) Quantitative and/or Qualitative research and (b) Conceptual or Theoretical discussions: generally 20-30 (double-spaced) pages including all references, tables, and figures. Essays, Practices, and Commentaries: generally 8-10 (double-spaced) pages including all references, tables, and figures). Research Notes: generally 8-10 (double-spaced) pages including all references, tables, and figures).
  • To be considered for publication, all manuscripts must be submitted for review as a Microsoft Word or RTF file through the Journal of Outdoor Recreation, Education, and Leadership website: http://www.ejorel.com.
  • Please use the same manuscript submission number when uploading subsequent revisions to the same paper instead of creating a new submission.

Copy must be prepared according to the following guidelines:


  • All materials must be typed, double space, 1 inch margins (including abstract and references) and formatted for 8 1/2 x 11-inch paper using a 12-point Times New Roman font with one-inch (2.54 cm) margins on all sides (top, bottom, right, and left).
  • All pages should be numbered consecutively in the upper right hand corner.
  • Line numbers should appear through the entire manuscript for review procedures.
  • A title page should not be included with the manuscript (this information is entered via the website).
  • Author name(s) should not appear in the manuscript to maintain anonymity during the review process. Exceptions would include in-text citations and references.
  • Each table, drawing, illustration, photograph, map, etc. must be prepared and included within the text of the manuscript (not on separate pages) where the author would like the item to be placed. Tables, figures, etc. should be numbered and labeled according to guidelines in Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th Ed.) and should be legible.


  • Each submission should be summarized in a 150 word maximum abstract.
  • Submissions without an abstract will not be reviewed.
  • The title of the submission should be included above the abstract.
  • The abstract will preface the main body of the submission on a separate page and should enable the reader to get an overview of the entire paper, with particular attention to the need for the paper and possible professional implications as appropriate.
  • Three to five key words (in lower case, not capitalized) describing the content of the submission and to be used for computer retrieval should be provided at the end of the abstract.


  • Include only references to sources actually cited in the manuscript.
  • All references and in-text citations should follow the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) (6th Ed.).
  • Include digital object identifier (DOI) numbers for all references where DOI’s are available.
  • All references should appear on a Reference page at the end of the manuscript, not at the foot of each page. Follow the 6th Edition of the Publication Manual of the APA for guidance.

Spelling and Hyphenation

The authority is Webster's Unabridged Dictionary.


If any figure, table, or more than a few lines of text from previously published materials are included in a manuscript, the author must obtain written permission for replication from the copyright holder.

Title Page & Affiliations

If a manuscript is accepted for publication, the lead author will be asked to include a title page with the final copy of the manuscript; specific guidelines will be provided at that time.