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Voluntary Sector Review

An international journal of third sector research, policy and practice

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Editors: Nick Acheson, University of Ulster, UK
Bernard Harris, University of Strathclyde, UK
Rob Macmillan, University of Birmingham, UK

Three issues per annum: March, July and November
ISSNs 2040-8056 (Print) 2040-8064 (Online)

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About the journal

Voluntary Sector Review publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice. It is an invaluable cutting-edge resource for all those researching or working in the fast-growing voluntary, community and wider third sectors. 
The journal is published in association with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and a print copy of the journal is a membership benefit. Membership details for the Society are available from:

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Voluntary Sector Review book reviews

Books for review should be sent to James Rees, Book Review Editor, Voluntary Sector Review, Third Sector Research Centre, School of Social Policy, Muirhead Tower, University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2RT, UK, +44 (0)121 414 8975,

Voluntary Sector Review on Editorial Manager

All submissions to Voluntary Sector Review should be made online at the Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Manager website:

If you are interested in Voluntary Sector research, policy and practice we encourage you to either register at, or log in to, the Editorial Manager site and specify your areas of interest so that you can be invited to support the journal by reviewing articles relevant to their expertise.

Third Sector Knowledge Portal

Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) have launched the Third Sector Knowledge Portal,  at: . This includes individual articles of all the papers from Voluntary Sector Review: keywords, the abstract and information on how to access the full article. There is more information here:

What people are saying about Voluntary Sector Review

"VSR has shown itself, in only a few brief years, as the premier global journal on  theory in our developing field." Jon Van Til, Executive Secretary, Civil Society Design Network, and Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Community Development, Rutgers University

"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

Call for papers

Submissions are now invited for the following sections of the journal:

Research articles (7-8000 words). These may cover research and analysis of any part of the voluntary sector – or the third sector and civil society more generally. Articles may include scholarly inquiry, research findings and applied analysis of relevance to practitioners and decision-makers

Practice papers (2000-3500 words). Short contributions from practitioners commenting on governance, management, fundraising or operational issues, including case-studies or examples of change and development within their own organisations, lessons learned, and wider practice implications.

Policy reviews (2000-3500 words). Short commentaries on recent changes or new initiatives within the UK policy environment or within other comparable national or regional policy contexts, including new policy ideas emanating from think tanks and voluntary sector agencies as well as formal proposals from government. Articles may include critical reviews of existing policies, discussion of new policy initiatives, or the identification of areas where new research is needed to inform policy-making.

In all three sections, contributions are welcome from the UK, and also from Europe and beyond, especially if they include cross-national comparisons that bear on the UK experience.

All submissions will be subject to normal peer review processes. The Editorial Team aim to provide quick decisions and to ensure that submission to publication takes no more than twelve months.

For further information, or to submit a paper, please contact:
Peter Halfpenny,
School of Social Sciences,
Arthur Lewis Building,
University of Manchester,
Manchester, M13 9PL

Abstracting and indexing

Voluntary Sector Review is abstracted in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS) and Social Care Online.

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