Call for Abstracts for the 2020 TALS conference

Urbana-Champaign, IL
February 11-14, 2020

Submit an abstract (deadline September 16, 2019):

The TALS 2020 Conference on Research and Teaching provides opportunities to engage colleagues in theoretical and applied research related to leisure sciences. Appropriate topics for presentation include those connected to recreation, sport, tourism, therapeutic recreation, experience industry management, park and natural resources, as well as topics that transcend disciplinary boundaries drawing from such fields as psychology, sociology, or geography to explain leisure behavior and practices associated with it. The conference is also designed to showcase cutting-edge teaching and learning with open discussion topics generated by conference attendees. To facilitate engagement among presenters and attendees, abstracts can be in the form of traditional presentations, blitzes, panel discussions, workshops, or posters. TALS 2020 encourages presentations across various intentions including papers that are works-in-progress seeking constructive feedback, best-practices in teaching to share with colleagues, completed research that has moved toward publication, and innovative teaching demonstrations, to name a few.

Abstracts cannot exceed ONE page, single-spaced (see detailed instructions below).
Abstract submission due date:
September 16, 2019.

1. An individual may be the first author on one research submission and one teaching submission, and may be a second or later author on an unlimited number of submissions.
2. Abstracts will undergo blind peer review by three reviewers. The Conference Committee will make final decisions about abstracts’ acceptance.
3. Authors of research abstracts who receive the highest scores during the review process will be invited to submit their papers for consideration for the Best Research Paper Award and publication in Leisure Sciences.
4. Authors of teaching abstracts who receive the highest scores during the review process will be invited to submit full papers for publication in a special issue of
5. NEW THIS YEAR: Abstracts whose sole or first author is a student will be eligible to enter the competition for the TALS BEST STUDENT PAPER AWARD. Student-led authors of abstracts who receive the highest scores during the review process will be notified at the time of the abstract acceptance notification (i.e., early November). Students who wish their papers to be considered for the Best Student Paper Award will have to submit a longer (6,000-9,000 words) version of their paper by January 15, 2020. The TALS Best Student Paper Award, sponsored by The Academy of Leisure Sciences will include a $200 check and a special plaque. The Award will be presented by the TALS President at the TALS Dinner and Awards Ceremony. Students who receive the Award will be expected to attend the TALS Conference and present the paper during one of the paper sessions. Current students and recent graduates within 12 months of receiving a Ph.D. at the time of the Conference will be eligible for the Award.

6. Abstract should follow the following format:

  • A. One page maximum. Abstracts exceeding this page limit or using condensed font will be returned without a review. The text of the abstract may not run over onto a second page.
  • B. Abstracts should not have a cover page.
  • C. Tables and figures may be included on additional pages.
  • D. References should be included on an additional page and formatted according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition).
  • E. An abstract should be submitted as one file including the main body of the abstract, tables/figures (if needed), and references.
  • F. Abstracts must include a title and appropriate subheadings (e.g., Introduction, Methods, Findings, Discussion/Conclusions). Abstracts reporting conceptual and theoretical discussions should also have an effective set of subheadings.
  • G. Single space the text and use 12-point font Times Roman and one-inch margins on sides, top and bottom.
  • H. Track changes must not be visible.
  • I. Abstracts should be anonymous. No information that would identify the authors of the abstract should be included in the body of the abstract, file properties, or the file name. Author identification should be removed from file properties (in Word, go to File, then properties, summary and remove author name).
  • J. Abstracts that do not meet all specifications will be not be reviewed.
  • K. Authors requesting 1-hour presentations should provide an outline of the session.

7. Panels should follow the following format:

  • A. Panel sessions submissions require 3-5 one-page abstracts written in accordance with the general abstract submission guidelines (single-spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins, title etc.). The discussant’s paper does not need to be submitted at this time.
  • B. The panel session organizer should also submit a one-page abstract providing an introduction to the theme and summarizing the main points of the three presentations (i.e., the abstracts mentioned above).

8. Workshops should follow the following format:
Workshops are designed for small group discussions and/or involve hands-on audience participation. Workshop session submissions should be written in accordance with the general abstract submission guidelines (1-page, single-spaces, 12-point front, 1-inch margins, title etc.).

9. Presentation formats (please indicate your first and second choice)

  • 1) 1-hour presentation
  • 2) 30-minute presentation (will be combined with another 30-minute presentation into a 75-minute session)
  • 3) Panel or workshop (75 minutes)
  • 4) Research blitz (1 presenter, TED talk style, 10-minute maximum, will be combined with other presentations into a 75-minute session)
  • 5) Poster

10. Submission due date
Abstracts are to be submitted electronically no later than September 10, 2020. Abstracts submitted after this deadline will be returned without review. Please upl oad your abstract and fill out all of the required information using this link:
11. Submission process
During the submission process, the authors will be asked to indicate the abstract authors, their institutional affiliation, contact information, preferred presentation
format(s), and whether the first author of the abstract is a student or recent graduate (within 12 months of receiving Ph.D. at the time of the conference).
11. Acceptance notifications
Authors will be notified of abstract review results via email in early November 2019.
12. Correspondence regarding abstract
Contact Dr. Monika Stodolska ( with questions and/or assistance with structuring your proposal.