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Recreational Sports Journal

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Our Mission

The Recreational Sports Journal is a scholarly journal that serves to advance the understanding of the role of collegiate recreation within higher education. The RSJ publishes peer-reviewed manuscripts relevant to the holistic impact of collegiate recreation and the critical areas outlined by the NIRSA Research Agenda. The RSJ encourages empirical, theoretical, and applied submissions for publication and is produced by the NIRSA Foundation.

Formally adopted by the NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors – April 16, 2018

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.

Recreational Sports Journal – Member Access

Publish your work in the RSJ

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.

Submit Manuscript

Editorial review

The RSJ Editorial Board has the capacity for 22 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.

Read Application Instructions

Author recognition

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.

Thank you!

The Recreational Sports Journal is made possible by the charitable contributions toward the NIRSA Foundation.