Authors' Guide

Aims and scope

Leisure and Sport Management Journal (JLSM) is an international peer-reviewed open access journal that covers a wide range of topics related to leisure, recreation, parks, sport, outdoor recreation, tourism, and gender studies.

We invite world-class researchers, academicians, and students to submit unpublished work. As a reflection of the multi- and interdisciplinary nature of these fields, the journal invites papers that use a broad range of perspectives and research methods. The Journal accepts qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods, case studies, reviews, mini-reviews, perspectives, etc. It aims to:

A) Promoting, enhancing and disseminating research, good practice and innovation in leisure, sport and tourism.

B) encourage greater understanding, links and collaboration across its constituent fields.


Peer Review Statement 

 All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Leisure and Sport Management (JLSM) undergo double blind peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by at least two anonymous reviewers.

As part of the submission process, authors are requested to check the following:

1.      The article should be in Microsoft Word document file format.

2.      Article should contain complete details of the corresponding author, E-mail and Full postal address.

3.      The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; Times New Roman; and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

4.      All necessary files have been uploaded:

Cover letter, manuscript, highlights files, all figures and tables (including titles, description, footnotes), supplemental files.


Cover letter

All submissions must include a cover letter in a separate word/pdf file that includes:

A) Declaration from the corresponding author on behalf of all co-authors.

B) An explanation of the suitability of the article in this journal in the view of the journal's aims and scope.


Article Structure

Paper should be approximately 8,000 words, including an abstract (150-300 words), notes, and references.


Paper Title: Concise and informative using bold, 16 points, Times New Roman font. Avoid abbreviations and formulae where possible.


Author's Complete Details: Kindly provide complete details for each author including Email ID.


Highlights: Highlights are optional but highly encouraged for this journal, as they increase the discoverability of your article via search engines. They consist of a short collection of bullet points that capture the novel results of your research as well as the new methods that were used during the study.


Abstract: The Article should contain an abstract. The abstract should state briefly the purpose of the research, the principal results and major conclusions. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 300 words.


Keywords: Immediately after the abstract, provide 5-8 keywords. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes.

Introduction: This section should state the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results. The author should state the hypothesis or definition of the problem the research was designed to solve.

Materials and Methods: The properties of the materials used in the article, the way they are used, etc. should be included. The method used should be described in detail in a clear and understandable way. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described.

Results and Discussion: This section should explore the significance of the results of the work. All the results should be provided along with appropriate discussion. Results should be clear and concise. Discussion should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. 

Conclusions: This section should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work, highlighting its importance and relevance. The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section.

Acknowledgments: Collate acknowledgements in a separate section at the end of the article before the references and do not, therefore, include them on the title page, as a footnote to the title or otherwise. List here those individuals who provided help during the research.

References: Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). APA Rules should be applied as a reference and use.