Publish in JAPAS

Why Publish in JAPAS?

JAPAS is a carefully edited journal that seeks original, focused research from a variety of knowledge-making perspectives. With an experienced editorial staff dedicated to conceptual precision, a publication in JAPAS is one of the best ways to contribute to the field’s collective understandings of plain Anabaptist people.

Furthermore, JAPAS articles are widely read. Journal indexing and announcements of new issues through APASA’s own academic communication channels ensures publications are located by interested researchers. APASA’s own public communication channels helps content reach interested non-academic readers, including public service providers and plain Anabaptist people.

Preparing a Manuscript

Download our publishing guidelines for a description of publication categories and submission guidelines.

Submitting a Manuscript

Submit manuscripts through JAPAS's submission portal on this website.

Questions may be sent to the editor by email editor@amishstudies.org. Submissions may also be made by postal mail where internet access is inconvenient: J. of Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies, 7010 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH 44654.


JAPAS does not charge a submission or publication fee. The journal is primarily supported through the work of volunteers. If you wish to support JAPAS, visit the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association to join the association or send a donation.

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.

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.

General Requirements

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming, in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). In addition, by submitting material to JAPAS, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at JAPAS.