VSSN’s journal is Voluntary Sector Review (VSR for short). It publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice, book reviews and occasional review articles. It is an invaluable resource for all who undertake research on, or work in, the voluntary and community sector, the wider third sector, and civil society. Rigorous and stimulating, VSR is indispensable for everyone who values empirically-grounded, theoretically-informed and policy-relevant reviews of the sector.
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 5, Number 2, July 2014)
Themed section - Voluntary action in ageing societies
- Guest Editorial (pp. 157 - 157)
Themed section - research
- Ageing, place and voluntarism: towards a geographical perspective on third sector organisations and volunteers in ageing communities (pp. 161 - 161)
- Healthy ageing in Australia's rural places: the contribution of older volunteers (pp. 181 - 181)
Themed section - policy review
- Commission on the Voluntary Sector & Ageing: a policy review (pp. 203 - 203)
- Volunteers in British mountain rescue: responding to increasing demand for rescues and a changed relationship with the state (pp. 213 - 213)
- How structural factors promote instrumental motivations within youth volunteering: a qualitative analysis of volunteer brokerage (pp. 231 - 231)
- Fragmentation and competition: voluntary organisations' experiences of support for family carers (pp. 249 - 249)
- Volunteering and employability: implications for policy and practice (pp. 259 - 259)
- Colin Rochester (2013) Rediscovering voluntary action: The beat of a different drum (pp. 275 - 275)
- Ryszard Praszkier and Andrzej Nowak (2012)Social entrepreneurship: Theory and practice Georgia Levenson Keohane (2013) Social entrepreneurship for the 21st century (pp. 281 - 281)
- Matthew Hilton, James McKay, Nicholas Crowson and Jean-FranÃ§ois Mouhot (2013) The politics of expertise: How NGOs shaped modern Britain (pp. 287 - 287)
- 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
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 (Peter Halfpenny, 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