Announcing A New Publication: The Journal Of Plain Anabaptist Communities (JPAC)

I’m happy to inform you that there is a new free online publication covering Amish and Plain Anabaptist topics which has just launched. One of the editors, Joseph Donnermeyer, has passed along the following to be shared with you:

On September 18, the inaugural issue of the new online, free access journal – the Journal of Plain Anabaptist Communities (JPAC) – was launched.

JPAC is a joint effort of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College (Elizabethtown, PA), the Amish-Mennonite Heritage Center near Berlin, Ohio (the heart of the large Greater Holmes County settlement) and The Ohio State University libraries.

JPAC’s editorial team includes Marcus Yoder, Director of the Amish-Mennonite Information Center; Steve Nolt, Senior Scholar at the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies; Mark Louden, the Alfred L. Shoemaker, J.William Frey, and Don Yoder Professor of Germanic linguistics and the Director of the Kade Institute for German-American Studies; Don Kraybill, Distinguished College Professor and Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Young Center and Elizabethtown College; and Joseph F. Donnermeyer, Professor Emeritus from the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio University. Cynthia Nolt at the Young Center is the Managing Editor.

With one exception, the articles in this inaugural issue are based on presentations from the Young Center conference on Health and Well-Being in Amish Society held in June, 2019. JPAC will be published twice each year, and will accept research-based articles, conceptual/theoretical articles, fieldwork and reflections, and book review essays for a wide-range of Anabaptist faith groups, including the Amish, conservative Amish-Mennonites, Apostolic Christians, Brethren, Bruderhof, and Hutterites.

For more information, visit the website at Register for the journal here.

Articles in the inaugural issue include:

Access the full first edition of the journal here. You can also read the introductory note from editors Joseph Donnermeyer and Steven Nolt here.

It’s nice to see this open-access free source of research and scholarly writing on the Amish and related groups of people. I’m sure we’ll be taking a closer look at the content here in future.

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    1. Pat Clark
    2. Leslie Ann Harris

      Announcing A New Publication: The Journal Of Plain Anabaptist Communities (JPAC)

      Can any interested person register, or do you have to be affiliated with an educational, research or professional organization?

      I’d like to register, but some of the questions don’t apply to me.

      1. You should be able to register no problem as well, but not sure what to advise about the non-applicable questions. I passed your question on to Joseph Donnermeyer and I think he’ll let us know soon.

    3. Cool! I knew that the project was underway, but didn’t know it was so near completion.

      BTW, anyone heard of that guy who took that cool picture for the cover? 😉

      1. Aha! I do know who that fellow might be, looking closer at the photo credit now…I guess I forgot that you all were in touch on this. Congrats on making the inaugural issue cover:)

    4. Joe Donnermeyer

      registering for JPAC

      To register for JPAC, go to Then click on register. Then answer all windows with an asterisk (*). The other windows are voluntary and you can register without answering them. Two “heads up” about registration: if you create a password that is not one with which you are already familiar, be sure to write it down, exit out of the website, and then go back in and ask the system to remember both your username and your password. That way you do not have to worry about it. Second, don’t forget to scroll all the way to the bottom and select one or all of the three roles for which you can register: reader, author, or reviewer. Then, click register. Joe Donnermeyer, member of the editorial team.

      1. Leslie Harris

        registering for JPAC

        Thank you for the helpful information Erik and Mr. Donnermeyer!
        I will be registering very soon. 🙂

    5. Lynn OKeefe

      Very Exciting

      I’m really looking forward to this publication. Thank you for sharing it and for all the work you do.

    6. Walter Boomsma

      Go for it!

      I just registered… it was certainly not difficult and I “skipped” (left blank) a number of questions that seemed unrelated to my role as a “reader.” (You can register with different roles–that selection is at the end of the form.) I suspect if you registered as an author, etc. More fields would be expected, if not required. Registering as a reader means you’ll receive an email notice when new issues are released.

      One tip–the Captcha box is at the beginning and may well time out by the time you complete the form. I’d suggest skipping it and returning to it after you’ve filled out the form.

      I did a quick read of one article and found it well-written and interesting–I do think it’s important to remember this is a “scholarly” publication, not the touristy “twelve questions answered about the Amish.” I’m looking forward to future issues!