Abstract: In this reflection on the 21 years of Third Sector Review we note the growth of the journal and the nature of the research. It is multi-disciplinary, as many disciplines contribute, interdisciplinary, as research concepts and findings combine disciplines, and transdisciplinary, in that research often originates beyond the academy. These qualities, along with our regional focus, have made it difficult for the journal to gain a high ranking. However, we argue that these qualities are necessary. Being regional means recognising context and avoiding claims of universality, but it does not mean being isolated from the international flow of ideas. Ultimately, 'making a difference' through research means being relevant and authoritative and focusing the most useful methods and theories to address the challenges faced by our sector.
To cite this article: Leonard, Rosemary and Phillips, Ruth. Third sector review 21st birthday reflection [online]. Third Sector Review, Vol. 22, No. 2, Dec 2016: 9-21.
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