Growth of Research Associations and Journals in the Emerging Discipline of Altruistics
David Horton Smith
This article sketches the development of the organized, interdisciplinary, global field,
and emerging academic discipline of altruistics, focusing on academic journals and
mainly on researcher associations founded since the Association for Research on
Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) in 1971. About 55 similar
interdisciplinary altruistics researcher associations have been founded worldwide (48
described here; including 9 defunct), 25 of them national in geographic scope, but
seven covering a world region and 11 global. Over 100 academic journals that publish
research on altruistics or its sub-topics have been published, with 95 active ones
described here. The author estimates that there are at least 8,000 active altruistics
researchers worldwide, and perhaps as many as 20,000.
The author devised the neologism “altruistics” (or alternatively, “voluntaristics”)
to refer to all the phenomena of our field, individual and collective. Included are
philanthropy, nonprofit sector, third sector, voluntary sector, civil society, social
economy, volunteering, associations, and nonprofit organizations, among other
topics. The term is similar to the term linguistics.
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The attached article was published in the ARNOVA journal, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The author of the article is the founder of ARNOVA, David Horton Smith. This article is being provided to give readers a list of journals in the field. ARNOVA does not endorse any journal other than our own journal. Readers are advised to do their own research or due diligence about the journals listed.