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


  • Hartmut Brombach, M.A.
    ehem. Internationaler Bund, Abteilung Freiwilligendienste / Bürgerschaftliches Engagement
  • Dr. Jörn Fischer
    Universität zu Köln, Cologne Center for Comparative Politics
  • Dr. Christoph Gille
    Hochschule Düsseldorf, Fachbereich Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften
  • Benjamin Haas, M.A.
    Universität zu Köln, Professur für Sozialpolitik und Methoden der qualitativen Sozialforschung, Seminar für Genossenschaftswesen
  • Dr. Katharina Mangold
    Universität Hildesheim, Institut für Sozial- und Organisationspädagogik
  • Dr. Nicole Vetter
    Universität Duisburg-Essen, Institut für Arbeit und Qualifikation
  • Dr. Sarah Wirtherle
    Universität zu Köln, Institut für Berufs-, Wirtschafts- und Sozialpädagogik

Editorial Staff

Voluntaris –
Zeitschrift für Freiwilligendienste und zivilgesellschaftliches Engagement
c/o Prof. Dr. Christoph Gille
Hochschule Düsseldorf
Fachbereich Sozial- & Kulturwissenschaften
Münsterstraße 156
40476 Düsseldorf


  • Irma Mecevic
  • 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 contributions to Voluntaris undergo a review process, which is either conducted by the journal’s editors or by an external evaluator. External reviewers are only used to appraise essays, and in such instances the review is conducted anonymously. Subsequently, the authors of each contribution are informed whether their work will be published or whether it needs to be revised.

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