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Spiritual Care

Zeitschrift für Spiritualität in den Gesundheitsberufen

Editor In Chief: Eckhard Frick and Simon Peng-Keller
Edited by: Elisabeth Aberer, Alexander Bischoff, Arndt Büssing, Holger Eschmann, René Hefti, Constantin Klein, Lydia Maidl, Beate Mayr, Traugott Roser, Michael Utsch,  and Christian Zwingmann

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  • 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


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:

  • Secular spiritualities

  • Spiritual Care models

  • Trauma

  • Healthcare professionals beliefs


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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Volume 9 (2020): Issue 4 (Oct 2020): Leben mit Trauma nach Flucht und Migration

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Manuscript types

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

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  • 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.

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  • Manuscripts may be submitted in clear and concise German or English
  • Before submitting your article please have a look at the Publication Ethics Statement 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 a personal 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

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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

Eckhard Frick, Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München, 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, Research Institute for Spirituality and Health (RISH), Langenthal, Switzerland
Constantin Klein, Klinikum der Ludwig-Maximilians-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

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Katharina Appelt
Walter de Gruyter GmbH
Genthiner Str. 13
10785 Berlin
Tel. +49-30-26005-325
E-Mail: SPIRCARE.Editorial@deGruyter.com

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