The Recreational Sports Journal (RSJ) is NIRSA's scholarly publication. Supported by the NIRSA Foundation, the RSJ collects empirical, theoretical, and applied research in the field of collegiate recreation.
Topics of research that have been published in the RSJ include: leadership, student development, programming, facility management and design, legal issues, personnel management and supervision, assessment, sponsorship, fundraising, marketing, organizational development, and more. The RSJ is published in spring and fall of each year.
Access current & back issues
The RSJ is published in an electronic format twice a year (April and October) and a double issue is published in a printed format annually in October. The printed issue is mailed to every NIRSA professional, student, life, and emeritus member. All current and back-issues of the RSJ are free to NIRSA members and available online at Human Kinetics, where you can search back issues all the way from 1977 to today. Learn more about accessing the RSJ online.
Publish your work in the RSJ
We invite you to submit your own work for publication in the RSJ. Learn more about the submission process.
The RSJ Editorial Board has 18 NIRSA members, serving staggered three-year terms, who review articles as assigned by the editor. The Board is responsible for ensuring the RSJ remains a relevant source of empirical, theoretical, and applied research to the field of collegiate recreation.
The NIRSA Recreational Sports Journal Award is a way for the RSJ Editorial Board to recognize authors who have written particularly engaging or relevant articles, which have been published in the journal. Winners are acknowledged with a handsome plaque during the awards ceremony at the NIRSA Annual Conference, and will receive a $300 cash award.