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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  • 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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring an Anonymous Review have been followed.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • 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.

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:


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.

Research Notes

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.


Submissions of reviews for publication in JPAC are of two types. First, are reviews between 1,000 and 3,000 words for a single book or other scholarly work. Second, review essays 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 groups are likewise welcome.

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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