Journal of Volunteer Services and Civic Engagement


Voluntaris – the Journal of Volunteer Services and Civic Engagement is an academic-based publication that provides information, discussion and documentation. It will appeal to those in both theoretical and practical circles and thus promotes exchange between academia and practice on the subject of voluntary work.

The journal will appeal to the following readers and authors:

  • Researchers, teaching staff and students in higher education and at other academic institutions who are addressing topics and issues relating to voluntary work.
  • Employees in positions of responsibility and those actively involved in supporting and partner organisations, charity facilities, associations, government ministries, political parties, churches, foundations and voluntary organisations in Germany and its partner countries.
  • Educational and training staff who prepare volunteers for their work, accompany them in their work placements or who support them once their voluntary work has come to an end.
  • Other social, youth, community and development organisations that are involved in voluntary work.
  • Former, current and future volunteers who would like to gain a deeper knowledge of this field.


In this journal, contributions are published in the following four sections:

  • Essays: empirical, theoretical and applied academic studies, reports from the field, descriptions of problems and projects, and programmatic and conceptual contributions.
  • Debate and Dialogue: comments, opinions and normative contributions on, plus responses and reactions to developments in politics and in the field of voluntary work.
  • Documentation: Reports on and documents from conferences, workshops, seminars and events; synoptic evaluation reports.
  • Reviews: reviews of relevant books on voluntary work.

ISSN 2196-3886

Thematic Focus Issues

Each issue shall have a thematic focus with several articles treating this topic. In addition, the issue will be supplemented with other general articles. The focus topics will be announced in the Call for Papers or via a comment on the website.


Editorial Staff

Voluntaris –
Zeitschrift für Freiwilligendienste und zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement
c/o Prof. Dr. Christoph Gille
Hochschule Düsseldorf
University of Applied Sciences
Münsterstraße 156
40476 Düsseldorf

Editorial Assistants

  • Anastasia Kromberg Landeros


Manuscripts are welcome.

Special Editions

Call for Papers

Guidelines for Authors

Open Access Publizieren

Voluntaris is not an open access journal. However, it is possible to publish individual articles in the journal open access by making the digital version freely available under a Creative Commons license chosen by the respective author(s). The publisher requires a fee to cover the publication costs (Article Processing Charge – APC) in the amount of 1,990.00 EUR (plus VAT). Many scientific institutions and science funding bodies provide corresponding funds for the publication of research results.

Are you interested in this option? Talk to your editorial office or contact!

Peer Review Process

All submissions to Voluntaris for the scientific “Essay” category undergo a double-blind-review. This will be conducted by external reviewers as well as journal editors. Subsequently, the authors of each submission are informed whether their work will be published as is, whether it needs to be revised or it will be rejected.

The general publication policy of Nomoos Verlag can be found here.

Abstracting & Indexing

The articles of Voluntaris are for example indexed in


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