Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities (JPAC) is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing both empirical and theoretical work related to plain Anabaptist communities, including, among others, the Amish, conservative Mennonites, Amish-Mennonites, Apostolic Christians, Brethren, Bruderhof, and Hutterites. JPAC articles may include emerging issues associated with plain Anabaptist communities, diverse theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of plain Anabaptist groups, and significant research findings about plain Anabaptist populations.

JPAC aims to facilitate the advancement of scholarship and research on plain Anabaptist communities in North America and around the world, and to strengthen the networks of scholars from all disciplines who examine faith groups that emerged from the Anabaptist movement of the 16th century and who today maintain distinctive sectarian lifestyles and religious practices. JPAC enjoys the support and collaboration of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania and the Amish & Mennonite Information Center, Berlin, Ohio.


Section Policies


Full-length manuscripts focused on theory and research about plain Anabaptist communities are generally in the range of 6,000-12,000 words inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices.

Shorter-length manuscripts of 3,000-6,000 words (inclusive of references, tables, figures and appendices) are generally more narrow in focus or report preliminary findings of research and emergent theoretical discussions about plain Anabaptist communities.

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Like articles, submissions of reviews for publication in JPAC are of two types. First, there are reviews of 1,000 – 3,000 words for a single book or other scholarly work. Second, reviews of two or more books or other scholarly works are permissible so long as there is an explicit theme which unites the narrative. Reviews of multiple works should range between 3,000 and 7,000 words. Reviews of conferences, films, television documentaries and other sources about plain Anabaptist communities are likewise eligible for publication in JPAC.

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Other Creative/Scholarly Work

Other forms of scholarship also may be published in The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities. However, consultation with JPAC editors should be made by the authors in advance to ascertain appropriateness of a submission other than an articles or a review.

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Peer Review Process

Submissions to JPAC will first receive an editor's review to determine if the submission fits within the Focus and Scope of the journal. All submissions are reviewed by peers who have the appropriate knowledge and expertise. All JPAC submissions are peer-reviewed through a double anonymous process, that is, neither those who submit a manuscript know the identity of those who review their manuscript, nor do reviewers know the identity of those who submitted a manuscript to JPAC. The final publication decisions are made by the Editor based on information gathered from the peer reviews.


Publication Frequency

The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities is published by The Ohio State University Libraries twice each year – Spring and Autumn.


Open Access Policy

Journals published by The Ohio State University Libraries provide immediate open access to their content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

In order to lower barriers to publication for authors, our journals do not charge submission or any other form of author fees.

The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license unless otherwise indicated.

While authors retain copyright ownership of their work, this Creative Commons license will allow readers to print, share, re-post, and republish an article, without asking for permission, as long as the work is properly attributed to the author(s), it isn't used commercially, and it isn't changed in any way. Read more about the license here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ or view the full legal text here: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/legalcode.

(Updated December 18, 2019)


Conflict of Interest Policy

Authors, reviewers, and editors are required to disclose conflicts of interest at the earliest possible opportunity - for example, when a manuscript is submitted or a review assignment is accepted. Conflict of interest is defined as any competing personal, professional, or financial interest that may introduce bias into the publishing process of the journal.

Example conflicts of interest:

  • financial support from commercial enterprises that have a vested interest in the results
  • personal relationships that would compromise objectivity during review or publication
  • professional competition that would prevent objective evaluation of a submitted manuscript

Disclosure of a conflict of interest by an author does not necessarily mean that a manuscript will be denied acceptance to the journal. If an author is found to have a conflict of interest that was not disclosed during the submission and review process, the editor will identify an appropriate remedy, which may include a published correction or a retraction.

(Updated September 20, 2019)


Plagiarism Policy

Journals published by The Ohio State University Libraries' Publishing Program do not accept manuscripts with plagiarized material. For the purposes of this policy, plagiarism is defined as the use of previously authored works - including text, data, and images - of others or self without proper attribution.

Journal editors will respond to plagiarism at their discretion. Actions taken will be based on the severity of the plagiarism attempt, but can include corrections to or retractions of the published article, the author being banned from publishing in the journal, and/or the editor notifying the author's institution or funding agencies.

(Updated September 20, 2019)


Retraction Policy

When errors are discovered in published content, our policy is to follow the guidelines of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). The following language is a brief summary of relevant portions of the guidelines for the benefit of our editors, authors, and readers. The full guidelines should be consulted if questions arise or action is being considered.

If the editor becomes aware of major errors in, or misconduct related to published work, the editor may issue a retraction, statement of concern, or correction. These actions are meant to maintain the scholarly record and are not meant to be a form of punishment. An author who determines that his or her published article may contain errors should contact the editor promptly so that the journal can determine a path forward. Readers are also invited to contact the editor with concerns about published content.


A retraction is defined as a public disavowal, not an erasure or removal. Retractions will occur if the editors and editorial board find that the main conclusion of the work is undermined or if subsequent information about the work comes to light of which the authors or the editors were not aware at the time of publication.

Statement of Concern

A statement of concern will be issued if there is inconclusive evidence of research misconduct / ethical wrongdoing or there is an ongoing investigation and results are pending.


A correction will be published if the scholarly record is seriously affected (e.g., if accuracy / intended meaning, scientific reproducibility, author reputation, or journal reputation is judged to be compromised). Corrections such as misspellings or grammatical errors will not be published. Published corrections will be added to the original article whenever possible. When that is not possible, the correction will link to and from the original work.


Removal of published content may occur if an article is determined to be defamatory by a court of law, if it infringes on legal rights, or if there is a reasonable expectation that it will be subject to a court order for any reason. The bibliographic information about the work will be retained online, but the work will no longer be available through the journal. A note will be added to indicate that the item was removed for legal reasons.

(Updated September 20, 2019)


Preservation Policy

This journal participates in the Public Knowledge Project's Private LOCKSS Network to preserve its contents. https://pkp.sfu.ca/pkp-pn/

(Updated September 20, 2019)


Copyright Policy

Authors retain all rights to work published by The Ohio State University Libraries' Publishing Program. The specific terms of our author agreements may vary slightly from journal to journal, but they all constitute nonexclusive licenses covering the rights required to publish, index, abstract, and preserve the content. Authors are free to reuse their work and to enter into other agreements as long as they credit the relevant journal as the site of first publication and provide a link to the journal website.

The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license unless otherwise indicated.

(Updated December 18, 2019)