Launch of sector research journal

A new quarterly journal publishing research about the voluntary sector will be launched next year.

The Journal of Voluntary Sector Research will be published by consultancy Get Heard. Members of the publication's 14-strong editorial board include representatives from Barnardo's, Help the Aged, the umbrella body Navca and four academics.

The first issue of the journal, which will cost charities £45 for an annual subscription, is scheduled for 2008.

"I wanted to start the journal because, as a consultant in the voluntary sector, I come across a lot of research that doesn't get anywhere," said Gary Kitchen, editor of the journal and director of Get Heard, which advises charities on issues such as business planning.

"We wanted to be credible, so our board includes people from the sector and academics who have an interest in the field. I am financing the initiative through my consultancy."

One academic, who asked not to be named, said there were doubts about whether the journal would be taken seriously, because journals published by consultancies "don't count for much in the Research Assessment Exercise process".

Kitchen said this would make no difference to the quality of the publication's content. He said all content would be approved by two editorial board members.

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