Voluntas, the official journal of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR), is an interdisciplinary journal that provides a central forum for worldwide research in the area between the state, market, and household sectors. The journal publishes full-length articles and book reviews.

Voluntas is essential reading for all those engaged in research on the Third Sector (voluntary and nonprofit organizations) including economists, lawyers, political scientists, psychologists, sociologists, and social and public policy analysts. It presents leading-edge academic argument around civil society issues in a style that is accessible to practitioners and policymakers.

2-Year Impact Factor: 2.794 (2021)

5-Year Impact Factor: 2.930 (2021)

16 out of 44 on the Social Issues list

SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2021:  0.837

93 out of 434 Business and International Management list

122 out of 472 Strategy and Management list

112 out of 756 Geography, Planning and Development list

38 out of 177 Public Administration list

189 out of 1327 Sociology and Political Science list

SJR is a measure of the journal's relative impact in its field, based on its number of citations and number of articles per publication year.

Source Normalised Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2021: 1.622

The SNIP measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field. The impact of a single citation is given higher value in subject areas where citations are less likely, and vice versa.

CiteScore 2021: 3.6
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  • An international forum for research in the areas between state, market, and household sectors
  • Presents leading-edge academic argument around civil society issues
  • Offers a style that is accessible to practitioners and policymakers
  • Official journal of the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR)
  • Voluntas has a grade of B from the German Association for Business Research. For more information, visit: www.v-h-b.de  and click on Service.

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  • Fredrik O. Andersson,
  • Susan Appe,
  • Galia Chimiak
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Journal metrics

2.794 (2021)
Impact factor
2.930 (2021)
Five year impact factor
76 days
Submission to first decision (Median)
339,137 (2021)

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