The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (JAPAS) invites theoretical, empirical, and practice-based manuscripts about the plain Anabaptists from the sciences, humanities, and service/applied professions. While JAPAS has a particular focus on the Amish, it also addresses the Apostolic Christian, Brethren, Bruderhof, Hutterite, Russian Mennonite, Swiss Mennonite, and closely related traditions.


The journal is published twice a year by the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (http://amishstudies.org) in collaboration with the University of Akron.


JAPAS accepts regular articles, research notes, research briefs (under 1,500 words, especially encouraged for students and scholars new to plain Anabaptists), service provider reports that discuss a practical project, organized symposiums, review essays, the research of members from plain Anabaptist communities, book reviews, and letters to the editor. See http://amishstudies.org/japas_guidelines.pdf for more details about these categories and submission guidelines. Publishers or authors wishing to submit a book for review should contact the editor.


Referencing style is similar to the American Journal of Sociology; see recent issues for examples. Given the multi-disciplinary nature of our subject matter, authors may request in advance to use the Chicago Manual of Style when the above style would force an unnatural fit; a bibliography is still required. Correct formatting is not required on an initial submission, although authors are required to bring the manuscript into conformity if accepted.


All manuscripts should be submitted through JAPAS's submission portal at the University of Akron IdeaExchange site. Questions can be sent to the editor by email editor@amishstudies.org. Submissions may also be made by postal mail where internet access is inconvenient: Cory Anderson, 7010 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH 44654. At the time of publication, at least one of the authors must be a member of APASA and content may not have been previously published. Current membership registration costs are available at http://amishstudies.org. Submissions require an anonymized manuscript, a separate title page, and a cover letter to the editor.

Peer Review:

JAPAS uses a double-blind peer review process for most content and, at minimum, editorial review for book reviews, plain Anabaptist-authored publications, and research briefs.

Accessing Content:

The Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association, in collaboration with the University of Akron, publishes JAPAS semiannually. The journal is available as open access and in print form with an association membership. As supply remains, individual back issues are $18 each, inclusive of U.S. shipping. To order hard copies, be notified of new issues and other news from APASA, and download RIS files for reference management software in bulk, visit the APASA website

Open Access Policy:

As an open access journal, authors retain the rights to their original content. All content is freely available without charge. Users may read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. Articles may be reprinted in other mediums so long as attribution to JAPAS is made as the original publication source.

The full publishing contract is available on request from the editor.

Author Licensing:

Our publishing license allows authors to retain full rights of the published content, so long as attribution is made to JAPAS as the original source for publication. Authors may further develop their work as well as make it available for other purposes, including commercial.


The Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA) welcomes to its membership scholars, service providers, instructors, plain people, and others interested in plain Anabaptist research. Membership is based on a calendar year. Membership benefits include a reduced rate on a print journal subscription, subscription to the APASA email list (regular posts include professional news, events, new publications, news articles, and more), a reduced rate for the annual APASA mini-conference, monthly online events, and supportive reviews for members’ research endeavors. To join, visit www.amishstudies.org

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