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Spiritual Care

Zeitschrift für Spiritualität in den Gesundheitsberufen

Editor-in-Chief: Frick, Eckhard / Peng-Keller, Simon

Ed. by Aberer, Elisabeth / Bischoff, Alexander / Büssing, Arndt / Eschmann, Holger / Hefti, René / Klein, Constantin / Maidl, Lydia / Mayr, Beate / Roser, Traugott / Utsch, Michael / Zwingmann, Christian

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    Your benefits

    • Information on new interdisciplinary research approaches and the international dialogue
    • Information on the relevance of the dicipline for training in health professions and pastoral care
    • Empiric reports and practical examples
    • Renowned editors and authors
    • Issues with focus on special aspects
    • Information on events concerning spiritual care
    • Print- and online publication

    Aims and Scope


    Spiritual Care is dedicated to interdisciplinary research and interprofessional exchange on spiritual care. Information is provided on new research concepts, on the implementation of spiritual care in practice and its relevance for training in the health professions and pastoral care. Conceptualization and development of the discipline in the German-speaking area as well as in the international context should be encouraged and promoted.

    Each issue of Spiritual Care deals with a main topic on which invited, renowned authors give an overview, report the results of their studies or outline projects. This is complemented by experience reports and descriptions of practical examples. In addition, Spiritual Care informs on a regular base about German and international discussion on spiritual care in medicine, nursing, social work, psychotherapy, pastoral care and other relevant fields. News from research associations and on public health university courses are provided as well as on events on the subject spiritual care.

    Topics for the coming issues are:

    • Spiritual spaces
    • Social work
    • Living with special needs
    • intercultural communication

    Further topics of the journal in 2020:

    • Secular spirituality
    • Healthcare professionals‘ beliefs

    • Spiritual care models

    • Nursing relatives


    German, English
    Type of Publication:

    Spiritual care researchers and practioners in medicine, nursing, social work, psychotherapy, pastoral care and other relevant fields.

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Instructions for Authors

    Submission guidelines

    Manuscript types

    Original Articles, Reviews, Experience Reports, Case Studies, Essays, Reader's Letters, Editorials, Communications, Keywords, Spiritual Impulses, Interviews, Conference Reports, Book Reviews, Obituaries

    Your benefits of publishing with us

    • Rapid publication times
    • Peer review of your article by two independent reviewers and near-term decision upon acceptance
    • Professional publishing system facilitates the submission of your manuscript (ScholarOne Manuscripts®)
    • Accepted papers will be published online first as DOI-citable, forward-linked articles for quickest possible visibility for the scientific community
    • Optional open access publication
    • Every article easily discoverable because of SEO and comprehensive abstracting and indexing services
    • Convenient citation tracking via e-mail alert
    • Secure archiving by De Gruyter and the independent archiving service Portico
    • Professional sales and marketing support

    Submisssion process

    • Submission of your manuscript via our submission management tool following the Information for Authors (you will be guided through every step of the submission process)
    • Peer review process with two independent reviewers
    • A decision on your paper is aspired within 4 weeks
    • Accepted articles are published online ahead of print approx. 4 weeks after acceptance


    You can easily submit your manuscript online. Simply go to https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/spircare and you will be guided through the whole submission and publishing process.

    Please note

    • Manuscripts may be submitted in clear and concise German or English
    • Before submitting your article please have a look at the Publication Ethics Statement of JBCPP and our copyright agreement
    • Once your article is accepted you have the option to publish it open access
    • Authors can download a PDF-version of their article. This copy will be explicitly labeled as apersonal document of the author
    • Our repository policy allows you to distribute 30 PDF copies of your published article to colleagues (the PDF has to include the information that it is an author's copy). Please also feel free to distribute the link to the online abstract
    • If you have any general questions please visit our FAQ page for authors
    • For more detailed information please contact the Spiritual Care Editorial Office SPIRCARE.editorial@degruyter.com

    We look forward to receiving your manuscript!

    Hybrid Open Access

    For complete details on hybrid open access publishing at De Gruyter please see: https://www.degruyter.com/page/560

    Effective 1st January 2016, authors from an institution affiliated with either the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU), the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries or some UK libraries participating in the Jisc Collections SMP may publish primary research and review articles open access in any of De Gruyter’s OnlineOpen journals at a discount of 90% of the APC price. For more information and to confirm whether your institution is eligible please see the following:

    The Netherlands: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1461
    The UK: https://www.degruyter.com/page/1462
    Switzerland:  https://www.degruyter.com/page/1463

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    Spiritual Care is a scientific journal that is published by the International Gesellschaft für Gesundheit und Spiritualität e.V. since 2012. Until 2015, the journal was published by Kohlhammer, since 2016 by De Gruyter.

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    Editorial Information

    Eckhard Frick, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Munich, Germany
    Simon Peng-Keller, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

    Editorial Board
    Elisabeth Aberer, University Hospital Graz, Graz, Austria
    Alexander Bischoff, Haute école de santé Fribourg, Fribourg, Schweiz
    Arndt Büssing, Universität Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany
    Holger Eschmann, School of Theology Reutlingen, Reutlingen, Germany
    René Hefti, Klinik SGM Langenthal, Langenthal, Switzerland
    Constantin Klein, Klinikum der Universität München, München, Deutschland
    Lydia Maidl, Munich School of Philosophy, Munich, Germany
    Beate Mayr, Munich School of Philosophy, Munich, Germany
    Traugott Roser, University of Münster, Münster, Germany
    Michael Utsch, Institute for Research on Religious and Ideological Issues, Berlin, Germany
    Christian Zwingmann, Protestant University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany

    Scientific Advisory Board
    Ulrike Anderssen-Reuster, Städtisches Klinikum Dresden-Neustadt, Dresden, Germany
    Heinz Angstwurm, Klinikum Großhadern, Munich, Germany
    Karl Baier, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
    Klaus Baumann, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Claudia Bausewein, Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany
    Gerhild Becker, Universitätsklinikum Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Brigitte Boothe, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Gian Domenico Borasio, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Frank Erbguth, Klinikum Nuremberg, Nuremberg, Germany
    Tobias Esch, University of Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany
    Martin Fegg, Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany
    Monika Führer, Hospital of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Munich, Germany
    Heiner Gabriel, Katholische Stiftungshochschule München, München, Germany
    Erich Garhammer, Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Würzburg, Germany
    Andreas Heller, University of Graz, Graz, Austria
    Konrad Hilpert, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Munich, Germany
    Thilo Hinterberger, University Hospital Regensburg, Regensburg, Germany
    Ralf J. Jox, University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland
    Isolde Karle, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany
    Niko Kohls, Conurg University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Coburg, Germany
    Ulrich Körtner, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
    Ralph Kunz, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Carlo Leget, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, Niederlande
    Stefan Lorenzl, Paracelsus Medical University, Salzburg, Austria
    Arne Manzeschke, Evangelische Hochschule Nürnberg, Nürnberg, Germany
    Christian Metz, Kardinal-König-Akademie, Vienna, Austria
    Götz Mundle, Oberberg-Klinik Berlin-Brandenburg, Berlin, Germany
    Doris Nauer, Philosophisch-Theologische Hochschule Vallendar, Vallendar, Germany
    Isabelle Noth, University of Bern, Bern, Schweiz
    Carola Riedner, Tumorzentrum München, München, Germany
    Stefan Schmidt, University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany
    Julia Seiderer-Nack, Katholische Stiftungshochschule München, München, Germany
    Jürgen Stausberg, Zentralinstitut für die Kassenärztliche Versorgung in Deutschland, Berlin, Germany
    Charlotte Uzarewicz, Katholische Stiftungshochschule München, München, Germany

    Matthias Volkenandt, Dermatologikum Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
    Harald Walach, Medizinische Universität Poznan, Poznan, Poland
    Maria Wasner, Katholische Stiftungshochschule München, München, Germany
    Wolfgang Weig, Osnabrück, Germany
    Erhard Weiher, Mainz University Medical Center, Mainz, Germany
    Herman Westerink, Radboud-University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
    Karin Wilkening, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Urs Winter-Pfändler, Schweizerisches Pastoralsoziologisches Institut, St. Gallen, Switzerland

    Journal Manager
    Simone Sporn

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    E-Mail: SPIRCARE.Editorial@deGruyter.com

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