Voluntary Sector Review is published by Policy Press in association with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN). It publishes accessible, high-quality peer-reviewed papers on all aspects of the voluntary, community, civil society and third sectors.
A unique feature of the Voluntary Sector Review is the combination of papers aimed at academic, policy and practice audiences. This is designed to ensure that the results of the latest academic research are made available to the widest possible audience and are grounded in a close engagement with both policy and practical issues.
The Voluntary Sector Review is an explicitly interdisciplinary and international journal – the first to be European based. We welcome contributions from authors from all disciplines and all countries. We are interested in all aspects of voluntary, community, civil society and third-sector activity.
The scope of submissions includes, but is not limited to, such topics as the origins and nature of volunteering, the experiences of user groups, social activism, social movements, philanthropy, the growth and performance of charitable foundations, community organisations, social enterprises, and the relationship between voluntary organisations and the state.
Rigorous and stimulating, the Voluntary Sector Review is an indispensable tool for everyone who values empirically-grounded, theoretically-informed and policy-relevant analyses of the past, present and future of voluntary action.
VSR is published three times a year, in March, July and November. A subscription is part of VSSN’s membership benefit package – see our Members section to join. Online subscriptions are available to institutions, with a discount for voluntary organisations and local authorities. Discounted print subscriptions are available to ISTR and ERNOP members. To subscribe, see Portland Press.
Latest Issue (Volume 8, Number 1, March 2017)
- Journeys and destinations: using longitudinal analysis to explore how third sector organisational governance helps to navigate sustainable futures (pp. 3 - 24)
- Third sector independence: relations with the state in an age of austerity (pp. 25 - 40)
Dutton, Matthew; Egdell, Valerie
- The constraints on voluntary sector voice in a period of continued austerity (pp. 41 - 66)
- Situating a public funding experiment within the landscape of political ideas about the non-profit sector (pp. 67 - 88)
Frankel, Sid; Levasseur, Karine
- Strengthening charity regulation in England and Wales? The Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 and the impact of academic witnesses (pp. 89 - 106)
Morris, Debra; Morgan, Gareth G.
- Systemic practice and workplace as community: alternatives to managerialism (pp. 107 - 118)
Goh, Patrick C.H.
- Philanthropy for health in China by Jennifer Ryan, Lincoln C. Chen and Tony Saich (eds) (2014) (pp. 119 - 121)
- Community organizing by David Walls (2015) (pp. 122 - 125)
Hadhmaill, Féilim Ó
- Social innovations in the urban context: Nonprofit and civil society studies by Taco Brandsen, Sandro Cattacin, Adalbert Evers and Annette Zimmer (eds) (2016) (pp. 126 - 129)
- Volume 7, Number 3, November 2016
- Volume 7, Number 2, July 2016
- Volume 7, Number 1, March 2016
- Volume 6, Number 3, November 2015
- Volume 6, Number 2, June 2015
- Volume 6, Number 1, March 2015
- Volume 5, Number 3, November 2014
- Volume 5, Number 2, July 2014
- Volume 5, Number 1, March 2014
- Volume 4, Number 3, November 2013
- Volume 4, Number 2, July 2013
- Volume 4, Number 1, March 2013
- Volume 3, Number 3, November 2012
- Volume 3, Number 2, July 2012
- Volume 3, Number 1, March 2012
- Volume 2, Number 3, November 2011
- Volume 2, Number 2, July 2011
- Volume 2, Number 1, March 2011
- Volume 1, Number 3, November 2010
- Volume 1, Number 2, July 2010
- Volume 1, Number 1, March 2010
In addition to the information available on this website see:
- VSR web page courtesy The Policy Press, the journal’s publisher
- Online access courtesy IngentaConnect
- Latest publicity flyer (PDF). Please print copies to circulate to your colleagues and at conferences you attend. Hard copies are available from the editor on request.
- Email VSReditor@vssn.org.uk (Nick Acheson, VSR Editor) – to submit your articles for consideration by the Editorial Team, and general inquiries about publishing your work in the journal.
- To set up a new issue alert, which will email you a table of contents of the next issue as soon as it is published, go to http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr and click on ‘Receive new issue alerts’ in the Tools menu on the right-hand side. Then follow the on-screen instructions.
“The importance attached to the voluntary sector in European welfare states has continued to grow. Voluntary Sector Review’s wide scope and European focus is most welcome.” Jane Lewis, London School of Economics and Political Science
“In a world where it’s heads down, deliver the mission, Voluntary Sector Review provides a much-needed space to reflect. The sector, and the world around it, is changing: the Voluntary Sector Review helps us deal with that change.” Karl Wilding, Head of Research, NCVO
“When the research community is expanding rapidly, the sector’s role in practice is developing and policy makers are taking an ever closer interest, the launch of this journal is excellent news.” Nicholas Deakin, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham
“I am impressed by the growing number of researchers in the field, whether it’s known as the voluntary sector, the nonprofit sector, the not-for-profit sector or the social economy. It is also striking to see many scholars entering the field through social enterprises and social entrpreneurship routes. Voluntary Sector Review is a major opportunity for many of those researchers to learn about the contribution to the field.”Jacques Defourny, Centre for the Social Economy, University of Liege, Belgium, President of the EMES European Research Network