Submit a Paper for Review

The Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies welcomes manuscripts, both theoretical and empirical, about plain Anabaptist groups, including Amish, Apostolic Christian, Brethren, Bruderhof, Hutterite, Russian Mennonite, Swiss Mennonite, and related movements.


All manuscripts may be submitted through the JAPAS submission system at

Questions may be sent to the editor by email (

Submissions may also be made by postal mail if web access is not convenient or possible: Journal of Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies; 7010 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH 44654

At the time of submission, you will need to include:

  1. An anonymous copy of your submission. File types should be .doc, .docx, or .rtf. Pieces should open with a title and abstract. Remove all identifying information from the title page, headers / footers, and the file data/information (usually in the “author” field). If an author is self-cited more than three times, remove excess citations for the submission.
  2. A title page in a separate file. Include the following information: article title, author(s), author position and affiliation, abstract, key words, word count inclusive of all content, and acknowledgements, if any. If any conflicts of interest exist or similar publications (e.g. using the same data) are under review or published in another venue, please disclose these on the title page.
  3. A short letter to the editor. This can be in the body of the email or as an attachment.
If accepted, at least one of the authors must be a member of APASA by the time of publication.

Types of Publications Accepted

Original research articles fully develop a topic with a sufficient literature review, theoretical perspective, and methodology. Regular articles range from 5,000 to 10,000 words inclusive of tables, figures, endnotes, and references, although longer articles will be considered. Peer reviewed.

Research notes are articles that do not develop a theoretical perspective, have a limited methodology, are shorter than regular articles, or have a limited impact on Amish and plain Anabaptist studies. Peer reviewed.

Service provider reports are peer-reviewed articles that discuss a practical project or program working with the plain people. The intention of these reports is to inform readers about the activity, to reflect on successes and challenges, and to document any new milestones achieved through this activity. Service provider reports may focus on legal challenges, mental and physical health, education, community involvement, safety, public participation, planning, and other non-commercial engagement with plain people. Peer reviewed.

Briefs are very short pieces (under 1,500 words) that share research developments, original findings from a small or preliminary study, or short service provider projects. Briefs have limited literature reviews and are peer reviewed in-house. Undergraduates or early graduates with original data collection are especially encouraged to submit a research brief. Peer reviewed.

Symposiums are a forum for a series of short papers debating a topic or monograph of significance. While usually organized by the editorial staff, symposium proposals are welcome.

Review essays compare and contrast a body of literature, such as books or debates. Review essays are longer than book reviews and devote more time to weighing the contributions rather than strictly summarizing. Literature may span a much longer and broader interval than a standard book review. Review essays do not have original data.

Book reviews provide an overview with a critical perspective of a new book. Publishers seeking to have a book reviewed should contact the editor. Reviewers are assigned by the editorial staff. While books reviewed are ordinarily academic books, others about plain Anabaptists of interest to scholars may also be reviewed.

Research from plain people: The journal welcomes the empirical research of members from plain Anabaptist communities, who are invited to submit manuscripts for special consideration. Research from plain people need not be framed strictly according to academic research styles, but can be written in a more familiar style. Peer reviewed.

Referencing Style

Manuscripts under consideration do not need to conform to the following guidelines at the time of submission. However, if the article is accepted, the author(s) are responsible for conforming to our style.

Citation and referencing style is similar to the American Journal of Sociology:

Citations: In-text citations with a quote and author mentioned:

Authors’ middle initials are not used, unless important to identify the person (e.g. John Q. Martin). Always identify a state or country with publication location (e.g. New York, NY; London, UK).

Given the multi-disciplinary nature of our subject matter, authors may request to use the Chicago Manual of Style (Turbian) when the above style would force an unnatural fit, as with cases where frequent primary sources are referenced. Even if this style is permitted for an article, a bibliography is still required.

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