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Call For Editor

Journal of Leisure Research

The Journal of Leisure Research seeks applicants for its Editor(s)-in-Chief position. Mentorship into the position will begin in March or April 2020, during which time the new Editor(s) will shadow the current Editor for training to ensure a smooth transition. The new Editor(s) will assume the full Editor(s)-in-Chief role in July 2020. Interested parties can apply individually or as a team of two Co-Editors. Co-Editors are encouraged to apply together as a team.

Editor Responsibilities:

Major Editor duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide a clear vision for the direction of JLR that aligns with the mission of the journal
  • Manage the peer review of submitted manuscripts throughout the year
  • Solicit high-quality manuscripts from potential authors
  • Work with the Associate Editors (i.e., Editorial Board) to decide which manuscripts to publish
  • Recruit and manage a sufficient pool of quality Associate Editors and Reviewers to evaluate manuscripts
  • Work with Taylor & Francis Editorial and Production Staff to oversee the strategic and operational direction, performance and production of JLR
  • Facilitate regular Editorial Board Meetings
  • Maintain and update administrative documents (e.g., AE position descriptions, AE guidelines, ScholarOne guides, review guidelines)
  • Promote JLR and maintain its high profile as a top-tier scholarly journal. This involves promoting JLR at conferences and working with the T&F team on marketing

Editor Qualifications:

Applicants should have an active and established record of scholarship in the field of leisure sciences (which can include leisure, parks, recreation, tourism, and/or sport), experience as an associate editor for a scholarly journal in the leisure sciences field, and preferably have published in JLR. Other qualifications include having tenure and being a rank associate or full professor, and having a track record of conducting quality and timely reviews for scholarly journals. Experience with ScholarOne is preferred, but not required.
Honarium and Benefits: The Editorship includes a substantial honorarium and complimentary registration for the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Conference.

Application Requirements:

1. Application Letter: Please provide an application letter addressing specific qualification criteria and position responsibilities. Be sure to address the following:

  • Describe/explain your philosophy of leading the Journal of Leisure Research
  • Describe your vision for JLR as its Editor – Briefly explain why you are interested and how you would contribute to the journal

If applying as a team, describe your proposed approach to leading and managing the journal and how your partnership would work to enhance your editorship.

2. Letter of Support: A letter of support from your unit executive office (e.g., program chair, department head/chair)
3. Curriculum Vita(e)

Review of Applications: will begin August 1, 2019 and continue until the editorship is filled. Please submit application materials to the search committee chair Laura Payne.
Materials should be submitted electronically (in MS Word or PDF format) to: lpayne@illinois.edu  Any of the search committee members are happy to discuss the editorship with interested applicants.

Laura Payne can be reached at 217-244-7038.

Search Committee:

A search committee has been formed to facilitate the search and selection of the next JLR Editor(s).

Search committee members are:

Chair: Laura Payne, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Committee Members:

Mary Ann Devine, Kent State University
Nick Watanabe, University of South Carolina
Megan Janke, East Carolina University
Dart Schmalz, University of Utah
Shintaro Kono, Southern Illinois University
Lauren Duffy, Clemson University
Rebecca Genoe, University of Regina, Canada

The Journal of Leisure Research (JLR) is an international scholarly journal that publishes innovative and interdisciplinary research that addresses critical issues of access to and engagement in leisure behaviors as they affect health and well-being across sectors (i.e., parks, recreation, leisure, sport, tourism, events) at individual, group, community and societal levels. Research from disciplines that offer theoretical and methodological insights into various (e.g., positive, negative) aspects of leisure in all its forms, such as social, psychological, cultural, political and environmental contexts is presented.
Since it was first published in 1968, JLR has and continues to welcome rigorous original research, conceptual papers, rejoinders, research notes, reviews, meta-analyses, and reflective commentaries from around the world. JLR is an official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and is published by Taylor & Francis. The Journal of Leisure Research is indexed by the Social Science Citations Index (SSCI).

Journal of Leisure Research

Since it was first published in 1968, JLR has and continues to welcome rigorous original research, conceptual papers, rejoinders, research notes, reviews, meta-analyses, and reflective commentaries from around the world. JLR is an official publication of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA). The Journal of Leisure Research is indexed by the Social Science Citations Index (SSCI).

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