The Recreational Sports Journal (RSJ) is NIRSA’s scholarly publication. With the generous support from the NIRSA Foundation, the RSJ publishes empirical, theoretical, and applied research in the field of collegiate recreation.
Topics include: leadership, student development, programming, facility management and design, legal issues, personnel management, and more.
Access current & back issues
Every NIRSA member receives an annual subscription to the RSJ. All current and back issues as well as a printed issue are available through your annual membership.
Researchers and practitioners in the field of collegiate recreation are encouraged to submit their scholarly work in consideration for publication. Refer to the author guidelines when preparing a manuscript for submission.
The RSJ Editorial Board has the capacity for 20 associate editors who ensure the RSJ remains a relevant source of information in the field of collegiate recreation. Qualified members are encouraged to apply for editorial board positions during the call for applications.
The President’s Award for the Article of Distinction recognizes authors who have written particularly engaging and relevant articles published in the RSJ. Recipients are acknowledged with a handsome plaque during the NIRSA Annual Conference, and receive a $500 cash award.
The Recreational Sports Journal is made possible by the charitable contributions toward the NIRSA Foundation.