GMS Journal of Arts Therapies – Journal of Art-, Music-, Dance-, Drama- and Poetry-Therapy

Wissenschaftliche Fachgesellschaft für Künstlerische Therapien (WFKT)



GMS Journal of Arts Therapies publishes scientific articles in and across the disciplines of art, music, dance, drama, and poetry therapy. It is the official organ of the German Scientific Association for Arts Therapies (Wissenschaftlichen Fachgesellschaft für Künstlerische Therapien, WFKT), founded in 2017, and is published regularly as an unrestricted open access journal. Published articles are thus available worldwide to all interested parties without any additional costs.

Submissions may include research articles, review articles, project reports, short communications, as well as discussion papers and comments on creative arts therapies, arts in medicine and psychotherapy, as well as arts and health. Submissions employing the entire spectrum of methodologies in the arts therapies are welcome, from evidence-based medicine and quantitative research, through research on therapeutic factors and clinical mechanisms, observational studies, qualitative research, case studies, and artistic inquiry to arts-based research. We advocate participatory and ethically reflected research principles.

Manuscripts submitted to GMS Journal of Arts Therapies are accepted in German and English. An English abstract is required for all publications.

Costs per article (only for articles accepted for publication)
  • 400 € for non-members
  • 250 € for members
  • 100 € for students without connection to an academic institution

Peer Review Process

All submitted manuscripts are subject to a peer review process to ensure high scientific quality and innovation. Submitted manuscripts are assessed by experts in the relevant field who publish scientifically. A minimum of two experts are asked to evaluate the submitted manuscript. The period for preparing the review is 28 working days. Review reminders are sent after this deadline.

An online review sheet is available for detailed review comments and modification requests for the manuscript. The author receives these comments in anonymized form. The review closes with a classification of the work into one out of four categories:

  • Accepted in the present form
  • Revisions necessary (including major and minor revisions)
  • Rejected, resubmission possible
  • Rejected

In case of substantially differing reviews, i.e. if only one of the experts speaks for the acceptance, a third review will be obtained. The work will be accepted for publication when the requested changes of the reviewers and/or the editors have been sufficiently fulfilled.


Prof. Dr. Sabine C. Koch
Director of the Research Institute for Creative Arts Therapies (RIArT)
Professor for Empirical Research in the Arts Therapies
Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences
Campus II
Villestraße 3
53347 Alfter/Bonn, Germany

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ostermann
Lehrstuhl für Forschungsmethodik und Statistik in der Psychologie
Department für Psychologie und Psychotherapie
Fakultät für Gesundheit, Universität Witten/Herdecke
Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50
58448 Witten, Germany

Prof. Dr. Jörg Oster
Hochschulstudiengänge Künstlerische Therapien (HKT)
Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Umwelt Nürtingen-Geislingen
Sigmaringer Str. 15/2
72622 Nürtingen, Germany

Editorial Board

Music Therapy

Prof. Dr. Felicity Baker
Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
The University of Melbourne
The Conservatorium Building (Gate 12)
Royal Parade, Parkville
Victoria 3010, Australia

Prof. Dr. Michele Forinash
Lesley University Boston
29 Everett St
Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

Prof. Dr. Eckhard Weymann
Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg
Harvestehuder Weg 12
20148 Hamburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hillecke
SRH Hochschule Heidelberg
Ludwig-Guttmann-Straße 6
69123 Heidelberg, Germany

Dr. Thomas Bergmann
University of the Arts
Einsteinufer 43-53
10587 Berlin, Germany

Brian T. Harris, PhD
New York University
New York 10003, USA

Art Therapy

Prof. Dr. Karin Dannecker
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin
Bühringstraße 20
3086 Berlin, Germany

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Elbing
Studiengänge für Künstlerische Therapien
HfWU Nuertingen-Geislingen University
Sigmaringer Straße 15/2
72622 Nürtingen, Germany

Prof. Dr. Nancy Gerber
Drexel University Philadelphia
3141 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA

Prof. Dr. Harald Gruber
Alanus University of Arts and Social Sciences
Villestraße 3
53347 Alfter, Germany

Lisa Hinz, PhD
Notre Dame de Namur University
1500 Ralston Ave
Belmont, CA 94002, USA

Dafna Regev, PhD
University of Haifa
Abba Khoushy Ave 199
Haifa, Israel

Prof. Dr. Constanze Schulze-Stampa
University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Am Wiestebruch 68
28870 Ottersberg, Germany

Prof. Peter Sinapius
Medical School Hamburg
Am Kaiserkai 1
20457 Hamburg, Germany

Dance Movement Therapy

Sherry W. Goodill, PhD
Department of Creative Arts Therapies
College of Nursing and Health Professions, Drexel University
1601 Cherry St
Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

Dr. Kim Dunphy
CATRU - Creative Arts Therapies Research Unit
University of Melbourne
234 St. Kilda Rd, Southbank,
Victoria 3006, Australia

Dr. Fabian Chyle
Akademie der Kulturellen Bildung
Küppelstein 34
42857 Remscheid, Germany

Drama Therapy

Craig Haen, PhD
New York University
New York City
NY 10003, USA

Hod Orkibi, PhD
University of Haifa
Abba Khoushy Ave 199
Haifa, Israel

Susanna Pendzik, PhD
Tel-Hai Academic College (Galilee)
Qiryat Shemona,
1220800, Israel
Rinat Feniger-Schaal, PhD
Center for the Study of Child Development
University of Haifa
Abba Khoushy Ave 199
Haifa, Israel

Poetry Therapy

Prof. Dr. Silke Heimes
Hochschule Darmstadt
Max-Planck-Straße 2
64807 Dieburg, Germany