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Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly

eISSN: 15527395 | ISSN: 08997640 | Current volume: 51 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: Bi-monthly

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.

In-Depth Coverage

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

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
Area Editors
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
Research to Practice Editor
Tracey M. Coule Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Book Review Editor
Tobias Jung University of St. Andrews, UK
Managing Editor
Codi Smith University of Pennsylvania, USA
Editorial Consultant
Diane Kaplan Vinokur University of Michigan
Members of the Editorial Board
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 City University of New York-Baruch College, 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
Past Editors
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
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  • General Guidelines

    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


    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.

    Formatting Instructions

    • 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 anonymized 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 anonymize 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
    • 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

    Book Reviews: Please submit book reviews to Tobias Jung, Ph.D., Book Review Editor, University of St. Andrews; e-mail:

    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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