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Voluntas Accepted by ISI

The International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is pleased to announce that Voluntas, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, had been accepted to ISI/Social Science Citation Index.  This acceptance is most significant for the academic recognition of the quality of the journal.  It is our hope that the journal will now attract a growing number of scholars who seek to publish in ISI rated journals.    

The abstracting and indexing of  Voluntas will begin with the 2009 volume.  The first impact factor will be based on the volumes published in 2009 and 2010 and will be published in June 2012.  We are looking forward to being part of  the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) which presents quantitative data that supports a systematic, objective review of the world’s leading journals and their impact and influence in the global research community. 

We extend our deepest thanks and congratulations to our current journal editor, Bernard Enjolras and our former editor, Rupert Taylor, as well as the editorial board.   Their dedication and commitment to the academic rigor of the journal has made this acceptance possible.  We are also most grateful to our publisher, Springer, and our very capable editor, Teresa Krauss.  


Voluntas Joins JSTOR

Voluntas is now available on JSTOR and will now reach faculty, students, and researchers at more than 7,000 participating libraries and organizations of all size, types, and missions, in 156 countries!  Voluntas is part of the Arts & Sciences X Collection which has a focus on Social Sciences and Business.  The announcement date for this collection is expected in October 2011.  JSTOR includes scholarship published in over one thousand of the highest-quality academic journals as well as  monographs and other materials.

JSTOR is a not-for-profit service that enables discovery, access, and preservation of scholarly content.  It was conceived by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help university and college libraries struggling to provide adequate space for an every-growing amount of published scholarship.  In 1995, JSTOR was founded as a shared digital library to help academic institutions save costs associated with the storage of library materials and to vastly improve access to scholarship.  

JSTOR archives and provides access to archival and current issues of more than 1,400 scholarly journals across more than 50 academic disciplines.   Scholars, teachers, and students around the world are making use of JSTOR daily, searching JSTOR directly or locating articles and other content through search engines and specialized portals. New initiatives to support innovations in scholarship, such as using the content for text mining and enabling the pre-publication sharing of ideas among scholars, are also underway.

Demonstrating Impact

More than 90% of participating institutions are medium to very small schools, and organizations that have never before had broad access to this content.  

Fourteen percent (14%) of institutions participate through two special programs for free or reduced fees.  These programs are African Access Initiative (AAI) and the Developing Nations Access Initiative (DNAI).  

Users downloaded more than 63 million articles in 2009, and total accesses of the database (including searches and page views) eclipsed 520 million.

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