"Civil Society and Third Sector in Latin America and the Carribbean", call for papers until April 1, 2014

Call for Papers- VOLUNTAS Latin America and the Caribbean, Special Issue "Civil Society and Third Sector in Latin America and the Carribbean".


Civil society and Third sector organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean have demonstrated to have a strong presence in their societies in a great variety of areas. The history of these organizations in this region show us that in the 18th century, mostly religious and religious affiliated organizations distinguished themselves for their help and participation in areas of education and health in taking care of the sick and vulnerable portions of the population. In the 19th century more lay organizations were added to these thus steering their interests to these areas of service to others. There was also an important development of cooperatives for the wellbeing of their members. Furthermore, in the second half of the 20th century, in the seventies decade, many new organizations attended themes as poverty alleviation and many of them incursioned into human rights issues even where there was authoritarian rule in several parts of the region.

These organizations, as well as universities and researchers, have played an important role in international comparative efforts such as the Johns Hopkins Comparative project and the Civicus effort in more than fifty counties both created to understand how different societies function around the globe. These organizations have also grown in size and influence, they are now a source of employment and are also open to those individuals interested in service and volunteer participation.

ISTR has held 9 Regional Conferences in Latin America and the Caribbean. Every two years committed civil society organizations and academic institutions have hosted a growing community of researchers from the area as well as international colleagues interested in studying the region. Themes featured include: diverse ways of administration and governance within organizations, human resources, fundraising, training and capacity building, several aspects of citizen participation including volunteer efforts, human rights efforts, impact studies, communication, etc.

This edition of Voluntas in its Latin American focuses on these themes as well as others such as poverty alleviation in its many manifestations, inequality, violence, corruption, human rights social movements and the creation of public policies, among others.

Guest editors to this special issue of Voluntas: Jacqueline Butcher (CIESC, Center for Research and Civil Society Studies at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus) and Beatriz Balian, Vice Rector for Research at UCA (Argentine Catholic University, Buenos Aires city), will gladly receive articles in English, Portuguese and Spanish on a theoretical background as well as empirical research of an interdisciplinary nature.

Themes suggested for this volume are:


  •  Social problems, defense of human rights within civil society and Third sector organizations 
  •  Planning, governance, administration and sustainability of civil society organizations. 
  •  Volunteering: Motivation and Personal commitments. 
  •  Donations: Philanthropy and Social Investment 
  •  Legitimacy, transparency and accountability 
  •  Participative processes, representation and citizenship 
  •  Relationships of social organizations with Government and Business 
  •  Social economy and solidarity 
  •  Social movements, democracy building and MDG. 
  •  Civil society organization representatively and forms of communication 
  •  Social impact of civil society and Third Sector organizations on vulnerable populations: children, women , indigenous populations and the elderly 
  •  Impact of social organizations on illegal behavior such as human trafficking, delinquents and drug dealing. 


Manuscripts may be submitted in English, or Spanish, but (if accepted) are published in English. The submission deadline is until April 1 and must be sent at e-mail voluntas@ciesc.org.mx .

 If closely related material has been published elsewhere or is under consideration elsewhere, this should be stated clearly in a covering letter attached or enclosed with the manuscript, including a clear statement as to the relationship between the various pieces of work.

Submission is a representation that the manuscript has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. A statement transferring copyright from the authors (or their employers, if they hold the copyright) to the International Society for Third-Sector Research and The Johns Hopkins University will be required before the manuscript can be accepted for publication. The Editor will supply the necessary forms for this transfer. Such a written transfer of copyright, which previously was assumed to be implicit in the act of submitting a manuscript, is necessary under the U.S. Copyright Law in order for the publisher to carry through the dissemination of research results and reviews as widely and effectively as possible.

Pages must be typed double-spaced and configured to fit in Letter size (8½ x 11 inch) white paper with generous margins on all sides.

A title page is to be provided and should include the title of the article, author's name (no degrees), author's affiliation, and suggested running head. The affiliation should comprise the department, institution (usually university or company), city, and state (or nation) and should be typed as a footnote to the author's name. The suggested running head should be less than 80 characters (including spaces) and should comprise the article title or an abbreviated version thereof.

For office purposes, the title page should include the complete mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the one author designated to review proofs.

The manuscript is to be provided, preferable no less than 5000 words and no longer than 8000 words.

An abstract is to be provided, preferably no longer than 100-150 words.

A list of 4-5 key words is to be provided directly below the abstract. Key words should express the precise content of the manuscript, as they are used for indexing purposes.

All acknowledgments (including those for grant and financial support) should be typed in one paragraph (so-headed) on a separate page that directly precedes the References section.

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