Call for Papers

Applied Recreational Research and Programming Annual

Veronica Snow, Senior Editor
Warren K. Simpson, Editor Emeritus



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. Dittoed and mimeographed copies are not acceptable. Tables, drawings, graphs and photos must be clearly labeled and included on separate pages. 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 review process. All manuscripts should be submitted via email attachment to the senior editor or one of the associate editors. (see below)

ALL manuscripts should be submitted via email attachment in three (3) parts:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page with all author(s) contact information
  3. A blind manuscript copy with no author(s) information

Submissions should be directed to:

Dr. Veronica Snow
Angelo State University
ASU Station #10903
San Angelo, TX 769090