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Anniversary Celebrations: 25 years of publishing with a purpose

This year we are celebrating 25 years since Policy Press was established and 5 years since the creation of Bristol University Press.

Please enjoy reading this special anniversary brochure which celebrates our story and vision, and find out more on our anniversary website pages.

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Voluntary Sector Review

Voluntary Sector Review (VSR) 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 VSR 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.

Watch this message from Carl Milofsky, Co-Editor:

Submit your article

VSR is an explicitly interdisciplinary and international journal - the first to be European based. We welcome contributions from authors from all disciplines and all countries.

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.

Contact the Editors, Daiga Kamerāde, Carl Milofsky or James Rees to discuss your article. Further information is available about the Journal’s aims and scope.

Submit your article here.

VSR summer reading list

Enjoy free access to 15 recent articles from VSR until 31 July. The summer reading list includes:

The ‘resilience’ of community organisations during the COVID-19 pandemic: absorptive, adaptive and transformational capacity during a crisis response
Chris Dayson et al.

Third sector housing in 21st-century Hong Kong: opportunities and challenges
Betty Yung and Alex Chan

Party membership and charitable giving in China: the mediating role of resources, networks, prosocial values and making compulsory donations
Yongzheng Yang and Pamala Wiepking

‘Never more needed’ yet never more stretched: reflections on the role of the voluntary sector during the COVID-19 pandemic
Harriet Thiery et al.

Migrant integration services and coping with the digital divide: challenges and opportunities of the COVID-19 pandemic
Caitlin McMullin

‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’: how pragmatic sociology provides a useful theoretical framework for researching the third sector during COVID-19
Janis Petzinger, Tobias Jung, and Kevin Orr

Shared leadership in voluntary sector organisations: exploring practice and theory development
Henry Mumbi and Demola Obembe

Accountability in non-profit health care organisations: towards building online practices
Asya Cooley

Essential, complex and multi-form: the local leadership of civil society from an Anglo-Italian perspective
Michela Pagani, Alessandro Sancino, and Leslie Budd

The role of collaborative housing initiatives in public value co-creation ‐ a case study of Freiburg, Germany
Lisa Dang and Ann-Kathrin Seemann

The relationship between state funding and volunteer levels in voluntary sector organisations: a quantitative analysis of regulatory data
Christopher Damm

Voluntary ‘organic’ leadership for community resilience
Benjamin J. Lough

Shoots and leaves: exploring the impacts and fragile sustainability of sustainable place-making projects working with marginalised people
Sam Ramsden

Assembling community energy democracies
Bregje van Veelen and Will Eadson 

More free articles

You might also enjoy the Editors’ Choice collection (free until 31 July) and the free sample issue Volume 10, Number 2, July 2019 (free until 31 December 2021).


If you enjoyed the free articles, please recommend the Voluntary Sector Review to your librarian. Ask them to subscribe or sign up for a free trial

ARNOVA members can get a discounted personal print subscription from just £43.00. To take advantage of this offer, please contact custserv@turpin-distribution.com quoting the journal and your membership number.   

UK and Europe  £   43.00   €   54.00   
Rest of the World  £   54.00    $83.00  

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