German Journal of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies


The Zeitschrift für Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung, German Journal of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies (Z’Flucht) is a peer-reviewed journal which publishes academic works from diverse disciplines on questions related to forced migration and refugee studies. The journal is published twice a year by Nomos publishing house in association with the German Network for Forced Migration Research (Netzwerk Fluchtforschung e.V.) and is edited by Marcel Berlinghoff, J. Olaf Kleist, Ulrike Krause and Jochen Oltmer.

Z’Flucht provides a forum for exchange in the field of forced migration and refugee studies through empirical research, theoretical reflections and methodological discussions. By means of international, regional or national explorations, scholars may address questions related to the conditions, forms and consequences of forced migration and displacement, the protection of refugees and efforts towards durable solutions, such as return, (re)integration or resettlement. Moreover, refugees’ activities and strategies to cope with their experiences may be analysed. The journal includes all categories of people who have been forcibly displaced or who have fled from their homes due to violence, and the debates, discourses, practices, politics and concepts related to them. Since such topics can be explored from diverse perspectives, the journal places special emphasis on interdisciplinary discussions and comprises various disciplines, including law, sociology, history, politics, philosophy, ethnology, psychology, geography and economics, linguistics and literary studies.

As displacement and forced migration not only represent a growing field of research but also a broad political and practical area, this journal aims to promote exchange between academia and practice.

Z’Flucht publishes works in three categories: academic articles, forum articles as well as literature reviews and conference reports.

  • Academic articles present research findings on specific questions related to forced migration and refugees which are methodically and theoretically reflected on, consider and further the current state of research in this field. These articles undergo a double-blind peer review and are limited to 80,000 characters (including spaces).
  • Forum articles may include shorter (field) research reports, address theoretical, methodological, conceptual and ethical questions or reflect on current developments and discussions in forced migration and refugee studies. Manuscripts from practitioners are welcome. The editors of the journal review all forum articles, which are limited to 35,000 characters (including spaces).
  • Literature reviews and conference reports can relate to individual or a number of new publications or conferences from the last two years which address aspects of forced migration and refugee studies. In view of the journal’s interdisciplinary focus, publications or conferences which cover several disciplines are preferred. Individual reviews are limited to 6,000 characters (including spaces), while multiple book reviews or conference reports should be no longer than 20,000 characters (including spaces).

The journal predominantly publishes works in German, but studies written in English and French may also be considered.

Manuscripts which fall into the three aforementioned categories can be submitted at any time (

ISSN 2509-9485


Zeitschrift für Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung, The German Journal for Refugee Studies (Z’Flucht) is edited in association with the Netzwerk Flüchtlingsforschung (the German Refugee Research Network) by

  • Marcel Berlinghoff
    Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück
  • J. Olaf Kleist
    Deutsches Zentrum für Integrations- und Migrationsforschung (DeZIM) e.V., Berlin
  • Ulrike Krause
    Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück
  • Jochen Oltmer
    Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS), University of Osnabrück

Scientific Advisory Board

The members of the advisory board of the German Journal for Refugee Studies represent various disciplines whose research focuses on forced migration and refugee studies.

  • Jürgen Bast
    Fachbereich Rechtswissenschaft, Justus Liebig Universität Gießen
  • Petra Bendel
    Zentralinstitut für Regionenforschung, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
  • Alexander Betts
    Refugee Studies Centre, Oxford Universität
  • Sybille De La Rosa
    Diakonie Hessen, Frankfurt a.M.
  • Axel Kreienbrink
    Migrationsforschung, Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge
  • Anna Lübbe
    Fachbereich Sozial- und Kulturwissenschaften, Hochschule Fulda
  • Nora Markard
    Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaften der Universität Hamburg
  • Thomas Niehr
    Institut für Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Aachen
  • Boris Nieswand
    Institut für Soziologie, Universität Tübingen
  • Marei Pelzer
  • Patrice G. Poutrus
    Kulturwissenschaftlichen Fakultät der Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder
  • Hannes Schammann
    Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, Universität Hildesheim
  • Albert Scherr
    Institut für Soziologie, Pädagogische Hochschule Freiburg
  • Conrad Schetter
    Bonn International Center for Conversion
  • Helen Schwenken
    Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien, Universität Osnabrück
  • Florian Trauner
    Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Cordula von Denkowski
    Fakultät für Diakonie, Gesundheit und Soziales, Hochschule Hannover

Editorial Office

Manuscripts, which fall into one of the following three categories of academic articles, forum articles, and literature reviews, can be submitted at any time to

Two versions of academic essays must be submitted: one anonymous version and one including the author’s name. Manuscripts, which have previously been published or are currently under review or consideration for publication, may not be submitted to Z’Flucht.

It is recommended that authors consult the style guidelines for layout and structure of their manuscripts.

Ulrike Krause
Zeitschrift für Flucht- und Flüchtlingsforschung (Z’Flucht)
Universität Osnabrück
Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS)
Seminarstr. 19 a/b, Raum 02/308
49074 Osnabrück


Special Issues

Authors Guidelines

Publishing Open Access

The Z’Flucht 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.

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Peer Review Process

Reviewers for Z’Flucht are selected according to their thematic expertise. If the content of a submitted manuscript covers more than one specific subject disclipine (which is not uncommon), an attempt is made to select reviewers from two different disciplines or to ensure that different approaches to a subject are represented by the reviewers’ subject knowledge. The editors shall confer bilaterally on the allocation of the reviews. Some of the reviewers have a professorial degree, but since refugee research is a relatively new field of research which has recently been promoted by younger scholar in particular, reviews are also conducted by doctoral students or post-docs, i.e. by those who, from the point of view of the editors, are most likely to have the necessary expertise to assess and evaluate a submission properly. Possible conflicts of interest are already taken into account when selecting the reviewers. In addition, the reviewers are always asked (in the context of whether they want to take on a review) to state any possible conflict of interest.

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