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: 1.273 (2017)

5-Year Impact Factor: 1.707 (2017)

20 out of 40 on the Social Issues list

SCImago Journal and Country Rank (SJR) 2017: 0.572

85 out of 386 Business and International Management list

123 out of 435 Strategy and Management list

175 out of 699 Geography, Planning and Development list

46 out of 130 Public Administration list

284 out of 1103 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) 2017: 1.340

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 2017: 1.34

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.

  • 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)

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  • Taco Brandsen,
  • Susan Appe
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Journal metrics

2.468 (2020)
Impact factor
3.020 (2020)
Five year impact factor
77 days
Submission to first decision
279,200 (2020)

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  • Best Paper Awards

    We are pleased to announce the winners of Best Paper in Voluntas.

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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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  1. ABS Academic Journal Quality Guide
  2. ANVUR
  3. Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List
  4. BFI List
  6. CNKI
  8. Current Contents / Social & Behavioral Sciences
  9. Dimensions
  10. EBSCO Academic Search
  11. EBSCO Discovery Service
  12. EBSCO Nonprofit Organization Reference Center
  13. Geobase
  14. Google Scholar
  15. JSTOR
  16. Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition
  17. Naver
  18. OCLC WorldCat Discovery Service
  19. Portico
  20. ProQuest ABI/INFORM
  21. ProQuest International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS)
  22. ProQuest-ExLibris Primo
  23. ProQuest-ExLibris Summon
  24. SCImago
  25. SCOPUS
  26. Social Science Citation Index
  27. TD Net Discovery Service
  28. UGC-CARE List (India)
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