New Researchers Session at September’s Conference: Call for Proposals

As part of the annual Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference on 10-11th September 2013, at Sheffield Hallam University, a special session will be run for “new” researchers. A call for proposals to be presented at this session has been made: details about the conference and how to submit proposals can be found here.

UPDATE: this call for papers is now closed

New Issue of Voluntary Sector Review March 2013

The latest issue of Voluntary Sector Review, volume 4 number 1, has just been published. The table of contents is available here.

A print copy of VSR is a membership benefit of VSSN (information about joining can be found here).

VSR have recently launched an Editorial Manager (EM) site. All those interested in Voluntary Sector research, policy and practice are encouraged to either register at, or log in to, the EM site and specify their areas of interest so that they can be invited to support the journal by reviewing articles relevant to their expertise. Articles for consideration by the journal are also submitted via the EM site.

Annual Research Conference 2013 – Call for Abstracts

The 19th Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference will take place on 10-11th September 2013 at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

A call for abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference. The deadline for all submissions is 5pm 15th May 2013.

Further details can be found here.

Call for abstracts – May 2013 day conference

The next VSSN Day Seminar will take place at London South Bank University on Wednesday 15th May 2013, 10.30 – 4.00. The call for abstracts is now open. Please submit an abstract of around 250 words and a brief biography by email to Peter Maple maplep@lsbu.ac.uk, no later than Mon 18th March 2013.

Voluntary Sector Review Pre-prints

We are pleased to announce that articles accepted for publication in future issues of VSSN’s journal, Voluntary Sector Review, are now available via fast track.

Abstracts are available to all and the full text of fast track articles are accessible via institutional online subscriptions.

If your institution is not already a subscriber please draw this added benefit to their attention.

Recruiting a New Editor for Voluntary Sector Review

Voluntary Sector Review (VSR) is one of the leading journals publishing inter-disciplinary research concerning voluntary and community organisations and civil society more generally. Published by The Policy Press (TPP), VSR is sponsored by the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN). It is governed by an Editorial Management Board (EMB), which is a committee accountable to the VSSN trustees and is elected by VSSN members on an annual basis, with a rolling process of replacement. It also has an international Editorial Advisory Board comprised of leading third sector researchers from across the world. VSR publishes original research and commentary on voluntary sector issues including the nature of the sector, philanthropy and fundraising, governance, volunteering, regulation, history and other topics. It also has sections for shorter articles about policy and practice, and a book reviews section, each led by its own editor (but subject to oversight from the main editor). Articles are published from any part of the world, though VSR has a particular focus on the UK and Europe. The Editorial Management Board now seeks applications for the role of editor for the five-year period January 2014 to December 2018, in succession to the distinguished first editor, Professor Peter Halfpenny. The new editor will also serve as editor-designate for the remainder of 2013 in order to provide a period of handover. This is a voluntary role and there is no financial reward. However, VSSN and The Policy Press will ensure appropriate support is provided through a part-time editorial assistant. The editor will become an ex officio member of the EMB and a trustee of VSSN. If not already a member of VSSN, the editor will need to join. The editor will also enter into a personal contract with TPP, alongside the publishing contract between TPP and VSSN. VSR currently publishes three issues per year, and the main duties of the editor are ensuring appropriate content in each issue. This includes soliciting articles, managing the process of refereeing of articles submitted, and making final decisions on acceptance of articles for publication. The editor will ensure final articles are delivered to TPP for publication on the timescales agreed. The editor may come from any academic discipline but will have a strong track record in the field of voluntary sector research, and will have a good range of personal work published in appropriate research journals. He or she will need to be highly committed to maintaining VSR as a high quality journal publishing a wide range of research concerning the sector. Applications should be made by submission of a two page CV and a one page supporting statement explaining interest in the role to Professor Pete Alcock, Chair of the VSR EMB, not later than 31 March 2013 – e-mail p.c.alcock@bham.ac.uk. If required, interviews will take place in early April. For further information on the role, please feel free to contact the present editor Peter Halfpenny at vsreditor@vssn.org.uk.

Annual Report and Accounts 2012 Approved

The Ninth Annual General Meeting of VSSN took place during the recent Day Conference in Cardiff. The Chairman’s presentation describing another successful year for VSSN and the draft minutes from the meeting are available here.

The meeting approved the Annual Report and Accounts and the signed version is available here.

New Issue of Voluntary Sector Review November 2012

The latest issue of Voluntary Sector Review, volume 3 number 3, has just been published. The table of contents is available here. The lead article is designed to initiate a critical discourse about what its author, Antonin Wagner, calls “intermediate organisations”.

A print copy of VSR is a membership benefit of VSSN (information about joining can be found here).

VSR have recently launched an Editorial Manager (EM) site. All those interested in Voluntary Sector research, policy and practice are encouraged to either register at, or log in to, the EM site and specify their areas of interest so that they can be invited to support the journal by reviewing articles relevant to their expertise. Articles for consideration by the journal are also submitted via the EM site.