Aims and scope

The Zeitschrift für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (ZeFKo) (“ZeFKo Studies in Peace and Conflict”) is a scientific journal which publishes methodologically and theoretically sound studies from a wide range of disciplines on issues of peace and conflict research. It is edited on behalf of the board of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung (AFK) and publishes articles in German and English language.

The ZeFKo is an important communication platform for the academic debate on terminological, theoretical, methodological and conceptual questions of research on violence, conflict and peace. It particular, it stimulates interdisciplinary debates in peace and conflict research, such as ethnology, geography, history, cultural and literary studies, education, philosophy, political science, psychology, law, sociology and theology, as well as the life sciences.

The articles published in the ZeFKo are subject to double blind peer review: an anonymous version of the manuscript is reviewed by at least two external reviewers. On the basis of these reviews, which are made available to the authors in anonymised form, the editors decide on the acceptance, revision or rejection of the manuscript.

The ZeFKo publishes articles in four categories: Aufsätze (“Original Research”), Replik (“Commentaries”), Literaturbericht (“Review Paper”) and Forum.

- Aufsätze offer the opportunity to publish the scientific research results in the form of methodologically and theoretically sound studies on issues of peace and conflict research.

- Literaturberichte thoroughly review recent publications. They present the publication’s structures and systematically describe the state of research in individual subject areas. In addition, they provide insights into developments, important studies and scientific debates in individual disciplines or interdisciplinary research areas.

- In the Forum, articles on specific topics are published that are dedicated to a particular focus. The thematic framework is set by the editors. The aim of this section is to look at a current topic of peace and conflict research from different perspectives, to discuss it intensively and thus to stimulate further discussion. Initiative submissions and proposals for topics that are currently relevant in research and thus worthy of discussion are welcome, but their content should be agreed briefly in advance with the editors or publishers.

- The Replik section is primarily intended for reviewers of the ZeFKo, but is also available to other readers of the journal. It offers the opportunity of commenting on published ZeFKo articles and thus stimulates further debates of the topic.

More information on the ZeFKo Studies in Peace and Conflict can be found on the website:

All issues and contributions of the ZeFKo from the years 2011 to 2018 can be found here: