Aims & Scope

This is the first journal in Anabaptist studies to focus exclusively on the plain branches. The aims for JAPAS include:

1. Serve as a hub for knowledge creation in Amish and plain Anabaptist studies through the publishing of fresh, insightful, and thought-provoking research.

2. Encourage rigorous inquiry into focused research questions.

3. Provide a focal point for plain Anabaptist studies while supporting scholars’ publishing endeavors in other outlets.

4. Support strong literature reviews that weigh the contributions of relevant past research.

Our scope includes theoretical, applied, empirical, and humanities-based research about the Amish, Swiss-German Mennonites, Low German/Russian Mennonites, German Baptists, Apostolic Christians/Nazarenes (Froehlich churches), Hutterites, and the Bruderhof. We also accept manuscripts about related groups from a comparative perspective and when the connection to plain Anabaptist research is clear.