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Author Guidelines

JPAC welcomes submissions by academics, service providers who work in plain Anabaptist communities, and members of plain Anabaptist communities. Prospective authors should contact the editors of JPAC concerning any questions about types of submissions for publication in the journal.

Submissions should be in Microsoft Word, double-spaced, with 1 inch margins, left justification only, and no headers or footers. Endnotes should be appropriately numbered in the text, with each notation placed at the end of narrative, but before references. Citations and references should follow the formatting style of the American Psychological Association. A link with easy to follow guidelines for APA style may be found at:

Prospective authors for JPAC have the option of selecting an alternative format for citations and references. It is the Chicago Manual of Style. Chicago Manual of Style can be found at:

Please contact the editors for questions about formatting and referencing styles. A submission preparation checklist may be found below.


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring an Anonymous Review have been followed.
  6. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  7. To comply with the terms of the publisher's Crossref membership, Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) must be included with references when they are available. To check for DOIs, you can use the Free DOI Lookup form on the Crossref website. By checking the box, you assert that you have included DOIs where applicable.

Copyright Notice

This Author Agreement for The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities ("Agreement") is entered into by and between The Ohio State University, on behalf of its University Libraries ("Publisher") and the author ("Author"). 

For good and valuable consideration, Publisher and Author agree as follows:

1.  Author hereby grants to Publisher the right to publish, reproduce, distribute, translate, transmit and display his/her submitted work and an abstract thereof ("Work") in The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities in whole or in part and in all formats and all media. Author also hereby grants to Publisher the right for Publisher to enter into agreements with third parties that grant such third parties any or all of the rights that Author has granted to Publisher herein. The aforementioned rights may include the rights necessary to index and abstract the Work.  The Author agrees that any subsequent publication of the Work will credit The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities as the site of first publication and provide a link to The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities website. This Agreement is subject to the terms and expectations outlined on Publisher's website (

2.  Author represents and war­rants that:  (1) they are the creator and rights holder of the Work; (2) Publisher's exercise of the rights granted to Publisher herein will not infringe or violate any copyright or any other right of a third party; (3) if the Work contains any third party content, they have obtained the unrestricted permission of the copyright owner or that use of third party material is allowed because the material is in the public domain or an appropriate fair use analysis has been performed and there is a reasonable belief that use is permitted and (4) the Work contains nothing libelous or otherwise unlawful. Author hereby agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Publisher and its trustees, officers, employees, agents, and subgrantees from all claims related to Publisher's exercise of the rights granted to Publisher herein or related to the subject matter covered in Author's representations and warranties.

The Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International license, to allow for certain types of reuse without permission. By submitting this agreement, the Author agrees to apply a CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 license to the Work upon publication.


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