The nonprofit sector is a rapidly growing area of research, social policy and social action. This dynamic field is at the center of such contemporary public policy debates as the future of federal social policy, the changing role of religion in public life, national service, and the privatization of public services. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) provides cutting-edge research, discussion, and analysis of the field and leads its readers to understanding the impact the nonprofit sector has on society.
An International, Interdisciplinary Journal for Nonprofit Sector Research
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly provides a forum for researchers from around the world to publish timely articles from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.
NVSQ is dedicated to enhancing our knowledge of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and voluntarism. This goal can be achieved only through the cumulative efforts of many different disciplines. Among the disciplines represented in NVSQ are: Anthropology, Arts and humanities, Economics, Education, Health, History, Law, Management, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Religious Studies, Social Work, Sociology, and Urban Affairs.
Current Coverage in Vital Areas of Nonprofit Scholarship
In order to provide a profound coverage of the most current issues, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly focuses on five general areas: Organization and Leadership, Philanthropy, Voluntarism, Public Policy, and Civil Society.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly occasionally supplements its broad coverage with Special Issues featuring in-depth studies of particular topics of interest. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly is the journal of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Visit the ARNOVA website at www.arnova.org
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the journal of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, is an international, interdisciplinary journal that seeks to enhance the quality of life and general welfare of humanity through effective and appropriate voluntary action by reporting on research and programs related to voluntarism, citizen participation, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations in societies around the world.
|Chao Guo||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Susan Phillips||Carleton University, Canada|
|Angela Bies||University of Maryland, USA|
|Rebecca Nesbit||University of Georgia, USA|
|Michael Meyer||Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria|
|Craig Furneaux||Queensland University of Technology, Australia|
|Rene Bekkers||VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Nicolas Duquette||University of Southern California, USA|
|Michal Almog-Bar||Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel|
|Jesse Lecy||Arizona State University, USA|
|Tracey M. Coule||Sheffield Hallam University, UK|
|Tobias Jung||University of St. Andrews, UK|
|Viviana Chiu-Sik Wu||University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA|
|Diane Kaplan Vinokur||University of Michigan|
|Alan Jay Abramson||George Mason University, USA|
|Muhittin Acar||Hacettepe University, Turkey|
|Shena Ashley||Urban Institute, USA|
|Lehn M. Benjamin||Indiana University - Purdue University, Indianapolis, USA|
|Silke Boenigk||University of Hamburg, Germany|
|Oonagh B. Breen||University College Dublin, Ireland|
|Beth Breeze||University of Kent, UK|
|William A. Brown||Texas A&M University, USA|
|Bin Chen||Baruch College - CUNY, USA|
|Min-Hsiu Chiang||National Chengchi University, Taiwan|
|Paula Chies Schommer||Santa Catarina State University, Brazil|
|Richard M. Clerkin||North Carolina State University, USA|
|Ram A. Cnaan||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Guosheng Deng||Tsinghua University, China|
|Noah D. Drezner||Columbia University, USA|
|Alnoor Ebrahim||Tufts University, USA|
|Angela Eikenberry||University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA|
|Christopher Einolf||Northern Illinois University, USA|
|James M. Ferris||University of Southern California, USA|
|Beth Gazley||School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, USA|
|David C. Hammack||Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA|
|Jacob Harold||Candid, USA|
|Teresa Harrison||Drexel University, USA|
|Debbie Haski-Leventhal||Macquarie Business School, Macquarie University, Australia|
|Bernd Helmig||University of Mannheim, Germany|
|Marc Jegers||Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels|
|Chul-Hee Kang||School of Social Welfare, Yonsei University, Korea|
|Rachel Laforest||Queen's University, UK|
|Wai-Fung Lam||University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China|
|Jesse D. Lecy||Syracuse University, USA|
|Kelly Leroux||University of Illinois at Chicago, USA|
|John A. List||University of Chicago, USA|
|Michael Moran||Swinburne University of Technology, Australia|
|Jennifer Mosley||University of Chicago, USA|
|Bhekinkosi Moyo||University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Daniel Neely||University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA|
|Francie Ostrower||The University of Texas at Austin, USA|
|Aseem Prakash||University of Washington, Seattle, USA|
|Gabriela Sánchez Gutiérrez||Mora Institute, Mexico|
|Jodi R. Sandfort||University of Minnesota, USA|
|Gregory D. Saxton||York University, Canada|
|Mark Sidel||University of Wisconsin - Madison, USA|
|Richard Steinberg||Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA|
|Mary Tschirhart||George Washington University, USA|
|David Van Slyke||Syracuse University, USA|
|Danielle M. Varda||University of Colorado Denver, USA|
|Pamala Wiepking||VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Jiangang Zhu||Nankai University, China|
|Wolfgang Bielefeld, 2005-2010||Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA|
|Jeffrey Brudney 2011-2016||University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA|
|Dwight Burlingame, 2005-2010||Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA|
|Femida Handy2011-2016||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Lucas Meijs 2011-2016||Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Carl Milofsky, 1992-1998||Bucknell University, USA|
|David Horton Smith, 1971-1977||Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA|
|Steven Rathgeb Smith, 1999-2004||University of Washington, Seattle, USA|
|Jon Van Til, 1979-1991||Rutgers University, Camden College, USA|
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly is an international, interdisciplinary journal that publishes full-length manuscripts, research notes, and book reviews that report on the subject areas of voluntary action, civil society, citizen participation, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations. Submissions must be in English. NVSQ will not consider manuscripts that have been published or are under consideration elsewhere.
All correspondence regarding manuscript submissions, as well as comments on editorial policy, suggestions for future symposium issues, and proposals for Special Issues, should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title Page: Include all authors' names, affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers, e-mail addresses and discipline and a short (2-3 sentence) biography of each author.
Main Document: Remove ALL identifying information and include abstract, main text of article, appendices, endnotes, references, and tables and figures.
Data Transparency Guidance for Manuscripts using Experiments
As per the data transparency policy for experiments (in effect as of July 1, 2020), authors submitting manuscripts to NVSQ in which they are reporting on results from experiments are requested to provide a detailed description of the target sample and how the participants were invited, informed, instructed, paid, and debriefed. Authors should describe all decisions made, questions answered by the participants, and provide access to the stimulus materials and questionnaires. Most importantly, authors have to make the data and codes that produce the reported findings available for the editors and reviewers. Here is are a short video and slides explaining to authors how the data transparency policy for experiments works.
Under the abstract of your manuscript, please include the following data availability statement:
"Data Availability Statement: The data and codes that produce the findings reported in this article are available at [Insert URL Link]."
Please make sure the URL link is anonymous, i.e., without identifying yourself as an author of the manuscript. The journal will not host a separate archive. Instead, deposit the data at a platform of your choice, such as Dataverse, Github, Zenodo, or the Open Science Framework (OSF). We accept data in Excel (.xls, .csv), SPSS (.sav, .por) with syntax (.sps), data in Stata (.dta) with a do-file, as well as projects in R. Please contact the editorial office if you have data in another format. To create an anonymized view on OSF, see here. Additionally, here is the link to the video with instructions for authors on how to create an OSF repository with their NVSQ submission. Guidelines for the submission of data and code are here.
- Manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words including the main text, references, endnotes and any appendices. Any deviation from this requirement will result in manuscripts being sent back to the authors with a request to shorten the word length.
- Double-space and left-justify everything with a ragged right-hand margin (no full justification.)
- Use 12 point, Times New Roman font for all documents.
- Follow the APA style (most current edition) for citations, reference list, and headings.
- Include an abstract that is 150 words or less.
- Include 4 or 5 keywords.
- ANY direct quote requires a page reference or a reference to the name of the person and the date of the interview.
- Insert “indicators” for where tables/figures are to be placed; example - [Table 1 Here]).
- Begin each section on a separate page and in this sequence: abstract, main text, appendices, endnotes, references, each table, each figure.
- Use endnotes only for substantive comments bearing on content. Mark endnotes consecutively beginning with numeral 1. Do not use footnotes. Do not use automatic formatting. (Type endnotes manually rather than using the Insert menu of your word processing program). All in-text citations are included in the reference list; all references have in-text citations.
- Figures should be camera-ready; they should appear exactly as they should in the journal, except for sizing.
- You are responsible for making sure that the uploaded manuscript consists of the complete text of the manuscript MINUS any identifying information in the title page, acknowledgments, and/or any running headers to allow blinded review. Please note: If you have used the “track changes” feature at any point during the composition of your submission, make sure to accept all of the changes before saving the final version that you will upload. This is also true for the submission of revised manuscripts. If you do not do this, reviewers may be able to see your name and comments, compromising the blind review system. If this happens, we will have to start over with new reviewers, significantly delaying the review process.
Research Notes: Research Notes identify relevant prior research, clearly articulate their contribution to nonprofit/voluntary sector research, and provide compelling evidence for their arguments. Research Notes are different than articles in that the Note either has a narrower audience, is more limited in its contributions, is more technical, or comments (in-depth) on previous NVSQ articles. Like full-length manuscripts, Research Notes are rigorous and written in a similar style and tone.
Please follow the same manuscript submission procedures as described above; instead, select Research Note in the drop down menu for article type in Manuscript Central.
Research Notes should be no longer than 5,000 words (including the main text, references, appendices and endnotes). All other submission guidelines apply as described above.
Submitting a Manuscript
- Please submit manuscripts to SAGE Track at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/nvsq.
- Manuscripts need to be submitted as a Microsoft Word document. The file extension should be ".doc". On the login screen of Manuscript Central please enter your email address into the "Password Help" area to see if an account has already been created for you. If you do not have an account, you will need to create one by clicking the 'Create Account' link at the top right of the screen.
- Once you have gained access to your account, select “Author Center” and follow the steps in submitting a new manuscript.
- Any questions can be answered through the help section on the site (click 'Get Help Now' at the top of any screen), the 24-hour support line, or email to the Editorial Office at email@example.com.
Book Reviews: Please submit book reviews to Tobias Jung, Ph.D., Book Review Editor, University of St. Andrews; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Written, signed permission must be obtained for (a) all quotations from copyrighted publications and (b) all tables or figures taken from other sources.
Permission is required to reprint:
More than 300 words from a single journal article.
More than 500 words from a full-length scholarly book.
Anything, even a few words or a phrase, quoted directly from a newspaper article, magazine, poem, or song.
Anything quoted directly from a news broadcast.
Any table or figure reproduced or adapted from another work.
Any quotes without permissions must be paraphrased or deleted if the manuscript is accepted for publication. Please check with the journal editor for more information.
Code of Ethics
Authors submitting their manuscripts to NVSQ for publication consideration must follow the NVSQ Code of Ethics.