Call for Papers | Diversity in Aquatics | Special Edition of The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE). Call ends August 30, 2019

The International Journal of Aquatic Research and Education (IJARE) is dedicated to advancing the knowledge and practices of human aquatic professionals worldwide. This quarterly peer-reviewed scholarly journal publishes significant non-competitive evidence-based human aquatic research findings, articulates unique and innovative ideas in aquatics, challenges current practices and proposed changes, and disseminates information about the latest and best use of aquatic equipment, facilities, and practices. The journal typically does not publish articles either about nonhuman aspects of aquatics or on topics primarily focused on improving performance in competitive aquatic sports such as swimming, diving, water polo, and sailing. IJARE’s mission is to advance original empirical research as well as educational articles focusing on a wide variety of noncompetitive aquatic topics.

IJARE publishes empirical research and educational topics focusing on a variety of human noncompetitive aquatic topics including but not limited to water safety, drowning prevention, water competence, lifesaving/lifeguarding, aquatic facility design and operation, aquatic legal and risk management, aquatic recreation, and the learning and teaching of aquatic knowledge and skills to improve the quality of life through aquatic physical activity. Further information about IJARE can be found at

About Diversity in Aquatics

Diversity in Aquatics (DIA) is the nation’s largest network of ethnically diverse aquatic professionals, athletes, enthusiast, and researchers working together to help save lives. The mission of Diversity in Aquatics is focused on efforts to eliminate the drowning disparity among historically underrepresented populations. Drowning is a “global epidemic” and since being founded in 2006, the organization has defined excellence through programming developed to educate, promote, and support collaborative community engagement efforts among diverse aquatic professionals and national aquatic stakeholders. Further information about DIA can be found at

About the Special Issue

This special issue provides a platform to share findings from empirical research (including quantitative, qualitative, intervention, or community-based studies), theoretical papers, educational articles, research notes and critical essays. Analyses of aquatic sport, water safety education policy and practices from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives are encouraged.

Submissions concerned with aquatic physical activities and culture as related to race, socio-economics, gender, sexuality,policy,youth,andunder-representedcommunities frombothdomesticandinternationalperspectivesare especiallywelcome.

Peer Review Policy

All submitted manuscripts to IJARE will undergo editorial screening and double-blind peer review.

Author Guidelines for Manuscript Submission:

To review the guidelines for developing and submitting a manuscript go to click on the specified tabs located on the left hand side of the page. All manuscripts must be developed using the writing style specified in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.).

Submission Details & Requirements

The deadline for manuscript submission is August 30, 2019. For the purposes of this special edition, a required 200 word (max) abstract must be submitted along with the manuscript for review. The following types of manuscripts will be accepted for review:

    • Original Research: A manuscript that is authentic research written by the authors who conducted the study; the researchers describe their hypothesis or research question and the purpose of the study; the researchers detail their research methods; the results of the research are reported; the researchers interpret their results and discuss possible implications. The manuscript cannot exceed 8,000
    • Educational Article: A manuscript that examines historical, educational and learning processes and the human attributes, interactions, organizations, and institutions that shape educational outcomes. Articles may be small-scale or large scale (i.e. introducing diverse teaching, learning methods or national initiatives). The articles should not exceed 4,000 words and should adhere to the research paper instructions regarding citation and bibliographicinformation.
    • ResearchNote:Researchnotesarenotfullacademicpapersbutarediscussionnotes,seekingtoadvancea new idea, theoretical perspective, research program, or methodological approach in examining a problem. These condensed papers cannot exceed 4,000 words and adhere to the research paper instructions regarding citation and bibliographic
    • Scientific/Literature Review: Scientificliteraturereviewsexamineevidence-based literature thatreporton originalempiricalandtheoreticalworkinthefieldofReviewsshouldserve to examine current policies, practices, programming, and issues, and can be designed to provide guidance and/or recommendations. The review should contain the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Body, Discussionand References. Manuscripts cannot exceed 8,000words.

The designated limits for each of the defined types of submissions include tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes.


    • Call forpapersreleasedMay 15,2019
    • SubmissiondeadlineAugust 30,2019
    • ReviewscompletedOctober 1,2019
    • Manuscripts returnedtoauthorsOctober 15,2019
    • FinaldraftsdueNovember 1,2019

Editorial Information

Editor: Stephen Langendorfer, Bowling Green State University (

Guest Editors:
Austin Anderson, PhD, University of Southern Indiana (; Angela Beale, PhD, Rowan University (
StevenWaller, PhD, University of Tennessee (

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