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 6, Number 2, June 2015)
- Hybridisation in a corporatist third sector regime: paradoxes of 'responsibilised autonomy'
Delcour, Chloë; Waele, Els De; Hustinx, Lesley
- Small-scale civil society and social policy: the importance of experiential learning, insider knowledge and diverse motivations in shaping community action
McCabe, Angus; Phillimore, Jenny
- Voluntary action and leisure: an historical perspective 1830-1939
- Staff and volunteers' perceptions of the volunteer programme: an alternative use of the Net Benefits Index: Carolyn Cordery, Karen Smith, Sarah Proctor-Thomson, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
- A new model of volunteer leadership: lessons from a local festival: Linda Wilks, The Open University, UK
- The negative impacts of volunteering: a qualitative case study of one UK Scout group: Adam Talbot, University of Brighton, UK
- More than a provider: the voluntary sector, commissioning and stewardship for a diverse market in criminal justice
Livingstone, Isabel; Macmillan, Rob
- Book Reviews
- 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 (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