Publishing in the primary leisure journals: Insight into the structure and boundaries of our research Academic Article uri icon


  • This study is a systematic empirical analysis of the structure and boundaries of leisure research as reflected by 2, 628 citations used in six volumes of Journal of Leisure Research and Leisure Sciences. Four indicators were used to describe the structure of leisure research: The contributions from other fields, the type of citations used, the number of leisure subtopical areas, and the age of the citations. Leisure research has extensive ties with at least six fields and intensive attachments to three fields. As a result, citations are diversified by field and by many leisure research specialty areas. Journals and books constitute the majority of citation types, and the accumulation of recreation/leisure literature has shown substantial growth since the late 1950s. The proportion of sources originating in the recreation and parks field is growing but is still at relatively low levels in comparison with other fields of inquiry. 1984 by Crane, Russak and Company, Inc.

published proceedings

  • Leisure Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Van Doren, C. S., Holland, S. M., & Crompton, J. L.

citation count

  • 19

complete list of authors

  • Van Doren, CS||Holland, Stephen M||Crompton, John L

publication date

  • January 1984