JAPAS is a multidisciplinary peer reviewed journal that focuses on the plain branches of the seven major Anabaptist religious traditions: Amish, Apostolic Christian / Nazarene (Froelich), Brethren / German Baptist, Bruderhof, Hutterite, Swiss Mennonite, and Russian Mennonite. The journal is published twice a year, in the spring and autumn.
Editor: Cory Anderson, Truman State University
Assistant Editor: Joseph Donnermeyer, The Ohio State University
Editorial Board: Mark Louden, University of Wisconsin; Denise Reiling, Eastern Michigan University; Steven Reschly, Truman State University; John Roth, Goshen College
Publisher: The Ohio State University’s Knowledge Bank
The title of JAPAS places particular emphasis on the Amish, among other plain Anabaptists. This is because the Amish are the most researched of the plain Anabaptists, although the journal is not just for Amish studies but all of plain Anabaptist studies.
This is the first journal in Anabaptist studies to focus exclusively on the plain branches. Mennonite Quarterly Review, Journal of Mennonite Studies, and Brethren Life & Thought—among others—have occasional articles about the plain people but mainly focus on mainstream Anabaptists. And unlike these journals, JAPAS emphasizes positivist research—the empirical and theoretical—more than the idealist—the philosophical, theological, or compositional—although all categories of knowledge making are welcome for consideration.
The goals for JAPAS include
- Serve as a hub for knowledge creation in Amish and plain Anabaptist studies through the publishing of fresh, insightful, and thought-provoking research.
- Encourage systematic inquiry into focused researched questions as an alternative to the descriptive and amethodological studies that have long characterized the field.
- Provide a focal point for plain Anabaptist studies while supporting scholars’ publishing endeavors in other outlets.
- Publish frequently enough that debates and critical tests can be offered in a timely manner.
- Support strong literature reviews that weigh the contributions of relevant past research.
Indexing: Ohio State University Libraries, ATLA Religion Database, Google Scholar
The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (Online) ISSN 2471-6383
The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies (Print) ISSN 2471-6391
Outside monographs, plain Anabaptist publications have long been fragmented across many venues, notably the obscure journals of any number of disciplines. Consequently, plain Anabaptist-focused research lacked coherence. Responding to the need for a focal point, in May 2013, Joseph Donnermeyer and Cory Anderson launched the first issue of JAPAS. At the time, both were co-editors; Anderson was a doctoral student of Donnermeyer in the rural sociology program at The Ohio State University. Beginning with volume four, issue one in 2016, Anderson took lead editorship with Donnermeyer moving to assistant editor. During its first years, Elizabeth Cooksey, Mark Louden, Denise Reiling, Steven Reschly, and John Roth served on the editorial board.