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Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

eISSN: 15527395 | ISSN: 08997640 | Current volume: 52 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly publishes high-quality peer-reviewed manuscripts from a diverse array of disciplinary and methodological perspectives on nonprofits, philanthropy, voluntary action, and civil society across the globe. The journal publishes full-length articles, research notes, and book reviews. NVSQ, published bi-monthly, is the official journal of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).

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 research on civil society, philanthropy, voluntary action, and nonprofit organizations in societies around the world.

Joanne G. Carman University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Jaclyn S. Piatak University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Associate Editors
Thad Calabrese New York University, USA
Cassandra Chapman University of Queensland , Australia
Heather MacIndoe University of Massachusetts-Boston, USA
Dyana Mason University of Oregon, USA
Lindsey McDougle Rutgers University, USA
Peter Raeymaeckers University of Antwerp, Belgium
Methods Editor
Nathan Dietz University of Maryland, USA
Book Review Editor
Elizabeth Dale Seattle University, USA
Research to Practice Editor
Tracey Coule Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Managing Editor
Nithya Venkatasubramanian University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Data Editors
John Bushe University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
Members of the Editorial Board
Khaldoun AbouAssi American University, USA
Alan J. Abramson George Mason University, USA
Inés Alegre IESE Business School, Spain
Erynn Beaton The Ohio State University, USA
René Bekkers Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
William A. Brown Texas A&M University, USA
Brenda Bushouse University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Leonor Camarena Indiana University-Bloomington, USA
Richard M. Clerkin University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
Ram A. Cnaan University of Pennsylvania, USA and Kyung Hee University, South Korea
Ericka Costa University of Trento, Italy
Jamie Levine Daniel Indiana University-Bloomington, USA
Adam Eckerd Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, USA
Angela Eikenberry University of Nebraska at Omaha, USA
Ashley E. English Texas Christian University, USA
Beth Gazley Indiana University-Bloomington, USA
Mary Kay Gugerty University of Washington, USA
Erica Harris Florida International University, USA
Debbie Haski-Leventhal Macquarie University, Australia
Ming Hu Nanjing University, China
Marc Jegers Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels
Daniel King Nottingham Trent University, UK
Karin Kreutzer EBS University, Germany
Marcus Lam University of San Diego, USA
Young-Joo Lee University of Central Florida, USA
Kelly LeRoux University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Hui Li University of Hong Kong, China
Roseanne Mirabella Seton Hall University, USA
Jennifer Mosley University of Chicago, USA
Daniel Neely University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA
Rebecca Nesbit University of Georgia, USA
Michaela Neumayr WU Vienna University, Austria
Chris Prentice University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
Hillel Schmid Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Kayla Schwoerer Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Micheal L. Shier University of Toronto, Canada
David Suárez University of Washington, USA
Tânia M. Veludo-de-Oliveira FGV EAESP, Brazil
Kareem Willis Rutgers University, USA
Weiai (Wayne) Xu University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Past Editors
Lucas Meijs, 2011 - 2016 Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands
Jeffrey Brudney, 2011 - 2016 University of North Carolina Wilmington, USA
Femida Handy, 2011 - 2016 University of Pennsylvania, USA
Dwight Burlingame, 2005 - 2010 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Wolfgang H. Bielefeld, 2005 - 2010 Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA
Steven Rathgeb Smith, 1999-2004 University of Washington, Seattle, USA
Carl Milofsky, 1992 - 1998 Bucknell University, USA
Jon Van Til, 1979 - 1991 Rutgers University, Camden College, USA
David Horton Smith, 1971 - 1977 Boston College, Chestnut Hill, USA
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  • Submitting a Manuscript

    Please submit manuscripts to NVSQ at

    On the login screen of ScholarOne (formerly 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

    Submissions must be in English. NVSQ will not consider manuscripts that have been published or are under consideration elsewhere. If closely related material has been published elsewhere, this should be discussed in the cover letter describing the unique contribution of the work being submitted. 

    Call for Papers

    Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly is an international, interdisciplinary journal that publishes full-length manuscripts, research notes, and book reviews. All submissions are subject to rigorous, double-anonymous peer review. 

    All correspondence regarding manuscript submissions should be directed to

    Research Articles: Manuscripts should be no more than 10,000 words (including the main text, references, appendices and endnotes). As an international and interdisciplinary journal, we welcome full-length manuscripts from diverse perspectives in the areas of voluntary action, civil society, citizen participation, philanthropy, and nonprofit organizations.

    Research Notes: Research Notes should be no longer than 5,000 words (including the main text, references, appendices and endnotes). 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 may have a narrower audience, be more limited in its contributions, be more technical, or comment on previous NVSQ articles. Like full-length manuscripts, Research Notes are rigorous and written in a similar style and tone.

    Book Reviews: We welcome Book Reviews for recently published books or comparing texts in a given research area on any topic of interest to NVSQ readers. Book reviews may be submitted through the NVSQ submission system ( 

    To submit a book for review or for questions about book reviews, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Dale, Book Review Editor,

    Submission Guidelines

    Title Page: Include the title, all authors' names, affiliations, e-mail addresses, discipline, and a short (2-3 sentence) biography of each author. 

    Main Document: Remove ALL identifying information. 

    • On the first page, please include the title, an abstract (150 words or less), 4-5 keywords, and a data availability statement. NVSQ encourages data transparency and promotes open data where possible. As such, there are several options for the data availability statement, such as: 
      • The data and codes that produce the findings reported in this article are available at [Insert URL link].
      • The data and codes that produce the findings reported in this article will be made publicly available with assistance from the NVSQ Editorial Team upon acceptance.
      • The data are not publicly available due to ethical, legal, or other concerns.
    • On the second page, begin the main text of article, and please include appendices, endnotes, references, and tables and figures.
      • Use 12 point, Times New Roman font for all documents.
      • Follow the APA style (most current edition) for formatting, headings, citations, and references.
      • Double-space, indent the first line of paragraphs, and left-justify everything (no full justification).
      • Any direct quote requires a page reference or a paragraph number if from a website.
      • Use endnotes only for substantive comments bearing on content. Do not use footnotes.
      • 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.
      • Tables and figures may either be included within the text or at the end with placeholders in the text.

    Experiment Guidelines

    NVSQ has a data transparency policy for experiments. Authors are asked to provide the data and codes used to produce the reported findings to the editors and reviewers.

    Permissions Guidelines

    • 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.

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