Journal of Leisure Research Impact Factor & Information

Journal description

The Journal of Leisure Research is devoted to original investigations that contribute new knowledge and understanding to the field of leisure studies. Studies that do not clearly focus on leisure or recreation (i.e., do not use leisure or recreation as a central construct) are not suitable for the Journal. Empirical reports and review papers as well as theoretical and methodological articles are accepted for review. Commentary, rejoinders and other critical papers are also accepted. Book reviews are typically invited but unsolicited book reviews are considered.

Current impact factor: 0.51

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2009 Impact Factor 0.831

Additional details

5-year impact 1.21
Cited half-life >10.0
Immediacy index 0.08
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.32
Website Journal of Leisure Research website
ISSN 0022-2216

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the relationships between adults with disabilities and service dogs through leisure participation. The relationships between service dog and owner and perceptions of and access to leisure were explored via semi-structured interviews. Emergent themes included feelings of interdependence and a lifelong emotional connection. Themes related to perceptions of and access to leisure included service dog orientation and the influence of lifestyle. Owners felt that having a service dog was a positive influence on leisure activities. The emotional connection between owner and service dog was multidimensional, inclusive of trust, maintaining independence, increased socialization, and creating a need to participate in leisure experiences. The cognitive hierarchy model, and experiential learning and transformational learning theories were applied.
    Journal of Leisure Research 01/2015; 47(2):243-262.
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    ABSTRACT: This paper explores the dominant discourses associated with childhood obesity, children's leisure, and parenting practice, as revealed through two mainstream parenting magazines. Specifically, critical discourse analysis (CDA) is used to explore the discursive messages associated with childhood obesity; paying particular attention to the implications of this discourse for children's leisure and for parental responsibility. Implicit and explicit messages from a variety (n=70) of different texts (articles, images, advertisements etc.) were analyzed. Three central themes emerged: (a) instilling a fear of fat, (b) the notion of parental choice, and (c) the obligatory nature of leisure. These themes are discussed in light of critical theory and its application to the moral regulation of parenting as well as children's health and leisure.
    Journal of Leisure Research 01/2015; 47(2):202-219.
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    ABSTRACT: Renewable energy initiatives are increasing and many locations selected for offshore wind farms are close to recreation resources. Public involvement processes to assess project support are standard in offshore wind energy planning. However, often missing from these assessments are investigations into subpopulations, such as marine recreationists. Using mixed methods, researchers evaluated a scale that measures marine recreationists' (n = 483) attitudes toward offshore wind energy. Researchers also examined the relationships between place attachment and opposition and support for the proposed projects. Results suggest that place attachment can assist in predicting attitudes toward offshore wind energy development, but the explanatory power and the nature of the relationships differed between two communities. Implications for communication, outreach, and recreation management are discussed.
    Journal of Leisure Research 01/2015; 47(2):263-284.

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    ABSTRACT: This study explored the relationships among Hurricane Katrina-related stressors, coping/adjustment, and leisure among Japanese and Japanese American survivors in New Orleans. Nine semi-structured interviews were conducted in March 2012. Continuous uncertainty, along with Katrina-related stressful events, negatively impacted the survivors' psychological well-being. Leisure had four distinct meanings in their coping and adjustment processes, providing (a) a positive distraction, (b) an opportunity to stay optimistic and hopeful, (c) a source of new normalcy at both societal and individual levels, and (d) a context for positive inner changes. Additionally, Japanese unique perspectives and attitudes (e.g., quietness, humbleness, modesty) facilitated certain coping strategies. Overall, this study provided evidence for the role of leisure in meaning-making as a key function of coping and adjustment.
    Journal of Leisure Research 01/2015; 47(2):220-242.