About the Journal

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. JAPAS welcomes a variety of approaches to knowledge-making, including the empirical, the theoretical, the ideational (humanities), and the applied.

The goals for JAPAS include


Indexing: ATLA Religion Database, Google Scholar, Crossref, BASE search, Ohio State University Libraries

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 scattered across many venues, namely obscure journals across any number of disciplines. Consequently, plain Anabaptist-focused research has lacked coherence. Responding to the need for a focal point, in May 2013, Joseph Donnermeyer and Cory Anderson launched the first issue of JAPAS, publishing through Ohio State University's Knowledge Bank. At the time, both were co-editors. During its first years, Elizabeth Cooksey, Mark Louden, Denise Reiling, Steven Reschly, and John Roth served on the editorial board.

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