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Submission Guidelines

Open Journal System will guide authors through the submission steps, including: abstract, keyword selection, and the manuscript. Authors will be guided through the creation and uploading of the various files necessary for submission. If an author has trouble accessing or using the site, or if electronic submission is not possible, please contact the editorial office of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in Public Health (RPTPH).

Types of Manuscripts

  • Original Research articles
  • Community Model articles
  • Research Reports articles
  • Practitioner Perspective articles
  • Scholar Perspective articles

Structure of Manuscript

Length: Original research articles should not exceed 9,000 words, Community Model articles should not exceed 5,000 words, Research Reports should not exceed 2,500 words, and Perspective papers should not exceed 1,500 words.

Publication Style: Manuscripts (text, references, tables, figures, etc.) should be prepared in detailed in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Cover Letter: A cover letter must accompany all submissions. The cover letter should provide the following information:

  • Full title of article
  • Statement of what article type the manuscript will be reviewed
  • A statement indicating that the content of the manuscript has not been published elsewhere nor is the work under consideration or will be submitted for consideration to any other journal while under consideration by RPTPH.
  • A statement indicating that the study has received Institutional Review Board approvals, as appropriate.

Title Page: The title page should include: (a) title not exceeding 15 words; (b) all authors and their organizational affiliations.

Abstracts: Please see the guidelines for each article type below for the appropriate length of abstracts.

References: Should be prepared in accordance with the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Tables: Number tables consecutively in the text and print each table on a separate page. Include a brief but appropriately descriptive title for each table, and define all abbreviations and units of measure used in the table. Be sure to label all column and row headings clearly.

Figures: Number figures consecutively in the text, and print each figure on a separate page. Include a brief yet descriptive title for each figure. Illustrations and photographs should be professionally rendered, and all letters, numbers, and symbols must be clear and large enough to remain legible when reduced for publication.

Article Types

The Journal encourages submission of work that fits any of the types of articles described below. The editorial team reserves the right to suggest revision of a manuscript for a different article type.

Original Research
All manuscripts submitted as original research are limited to a maximum of 9000 words. Authors must submit a structured abstract of no more than 250 words, with the following headings: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. The body of original research manuscripts should include four sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Community Model Articles
These papers overview community programs that address a public health domain through evidence based strategies. Priority will be given to models that have included an assessment aspect to their implementation. The manuscripts do not need to follow the traditional research format but should include an introduction, literature review related to model development, model overview, assessment, and discussion. Authors must submit a structured abstract of no more than 250 words.

Research Reports
Research reports are not considered full research articles but can be works in progress or discussion notes seeking to advance a new idea, theoretical perspective, research program, or methodological approach related to recreation, parks, and tourism in public health. Findings could include data from early stages of a research project or preliminary/pilot work that may not be appropriate for an original research submission. Research Reports may follow a less strict paper outline but still needs to make a valuable contribution. Research reports are limited to 2,500 words including all notes and references, plus an abstract (50-100 words) and 3-5 keywords.

Practitioners’ Perspective
These manuscripts reflect the perspectives and insights of professionals that are in the field and participating in recreation, parks, and/or tourism efforts to improve public health. Authors of the Practitioners Perspective are encouraged to be creative in their submissions. These articles need not follow a traditional journal article format. They should be no more than 1500 words, and should have an unstructured abstract of no more than 150 words. Reviewers will be looking at the depth and descriptions of the particular public health initiative involved.

Scholars’ Perspective
These papers give an opportunity to offer theoretical, methodological, and/or analytic techniques and approaches that could be useful in promoting and/ or implementing strategies to further the impact of recreation, parks, and tourism on public health. Content could include original research or related literature that would support the author’s premise. Manuscripts must be no longer than 1500 words with a structured abstract of no more than 250 words.

Review Process

The Editor, together with the Associate Editors, will screen all new submissions before deciding if they should be assigned for peer review. Those rejected at this stage generally lie outside the aims and scope of the journal, are insufficiently original, have serious conceptual and/or methodological flaws, have very poor grammar, or have not followed the submission guidelines. Authors of manuscripts rejected at this stage will normally be informed within two to four weeks of receipt.

RPTPH will employ a double-blind review, where both the reviewers and the author remain anonymous throughout the process. Reviewers are matched to the paper according to methodological and content area expertise. They will then decide whether to accept the article, recommend it for revision or resubmission, or reject it. Peer reviewers will return the reviewed article to the Editor and Associate Editor within six to eight weeks. The Editors will then make final decisions on the articles, ideally within one to two weeks.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • Author clearly designates article category that his/her submission will be reviewed.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in the cover letter).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines (Sixth Edition of APA Style), which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  • All figures and tables meet criteria outlined in the Author Guidelines
  • Please upload a separate word doc with your submission with the names and contact information of three people you believe would be great reviewers for your submission.