41 Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Q. 5 (2012)

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                                                    Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
                                                                         41(1) 5-7
From       the    Editors' Desk                                  @The Author(s) 2012
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                                                         DOI: 10.1 177/089976401 1433999
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Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ) is the journal of the Association for
Research  on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).   The  2011
ARNOVA Conference marked the 40th   anniversary of the association, formerly known
as the Association of Voluntary Action Scholars (AVAS). Its by-laws stated that publi-
cation of the journal was the foremost purpose of the organization. The Journal of
Voluntary Action Research began publication in 1972, changing its name in 1989 to
Nonprofit and  Voluntary Sector Quarterly. AVAS was renamed  the Association for
Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA)  in 1990.
   Soon  after the launching of NVSQ and ARNOVA, Brudney and Durden (1993)
explored the articles published in the journal over the first two decades of its exis-
tence. Based on a content analysis of all 472 articles published in JVAR/NVSQ from
1972  through 1991, they found that the journal had been characterized by substan-
tial diversity both in disciplinary affiliation of the authors and topical coverage of
the articles. Authors from 34 disciplines (coded by first author) had provided arti-
cles, and former editor Jon Van Til estimated that as early as 1980 about 40% of the
journal had been devoted to international contributions. Consistent with the goals
of the journal set out by founding editor David Horton Smith in the first issue in
1972, Brudney  and Durden  (1993) documented  that research-oriented practitioners
had been authors or coauthors of one in six articles.
   Fast forwarding to 2011, we are still reminded of our mission: Nonprofit and
 Voluntary Sector Quarterly (NVSQ), peer-reviewed and published bi-monthly, is an
 international, interdisciplinary journal for nonprofit sector research dedicated to
 enhancing our knowledge of nonprofit organizations, philanthropy, and voluntarism
 by providing cutting-edge research, discussion, and analysis of the field. NVSQ pro-
 vides a forum for researchers from around the world to publish timely articles from a
 variety of disciplinary perspectives.
   To this end, the editors strive to meet the mission with each issue of the journal. The
articles come from a variety of disciplines, ranging from economics to history and
from management   to anthropology; most submissions are interdisciplinary. The top-
ics, too, show considerable range from how nonprofit organizations manage earnings
to youth civic engagement and the development of civil society in China to the
willingness to donate to natural disaster relief, and much more. A casual glance at
the table of contents of NVSQ shows the breadth and depth of the scholarship pub-
lished. The research published in the journal is also international. Table 1 shows that
according to the country  of origin of the submitting authors of the manuscripts
received, only about half of the submissions are from the United States; authors from
28 different countries are responsible for the remainder.

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