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ATLA Press – Information for Authors

The ATLA Publishing Program offers library professionals the opportunity to engage and participate in the scholarly communication process through authorship, editorial roles or as a reader. The ATLA Press publishes open access books and journals for the purpose of educating and elevating the profession of theological librarianship as well as engaging scholars, students, and religious professionals who have an interest in the disciplines of religion and theology. ATLA Press publishes open access resources that:

  • identify major works, issues of contention, and schools of thought that propel research in religion and theology
  • develop knowledge and skills in librarianship, pedagogy, research methodology 
  • represent specialized topics of interest in religion and theology

in order to support: 

  • the advancement of scholarship in the theological and religious disciplines; including developing and strengthening connections that lead to innovative solutions for shared challenges and developing increased capacities to work in a diverse and changing environment
  • students, scholars, and information professions in robust scholarly communication in the fields of religion and theology
  • students, scholars, and religious professionals in skillfully using information resources to create knowledge, grow in wisdom, and share the results of their research

ATLA Press welcomes proposals for annual conference programs; journal columns, peer-reviewed articles, essays, and bibliographic essays; proposals for bibliographies, histories, reference books, professional aids, or other scholarly monographs. Any subject area within these fields, from theology to information science, will be considered. 

Submission information and author guidelines for each ATLA Press imprint are as follows:

ATLA Summary of Proceedings

The annual ATLA Summary of Proceedings is a historical record of the ATLA Annual Conference. It includes summaries of the pre-conference professional development workshops and the full text or abstracts of plenary sessions, papers, posters, conversation groups, and workshops presented during the conference.

Submission information: Submit your article here.

ATLA Monographs

ATLA’s open access monograph imprint publishes books that are valuable resources for religious studies and theology scholars and librarians.

Submission Information: Visit the ATLA Monographs site for information on submitting a book proposal. Full manuscripts are not accepted without an approved proposal. Instructions for completing and submitting a proposal are available here.

Prospective authors should not only feel free but are encouraged to contact the ATLA monographs Editor-in-Chief in advance of submitting a full proposal for help or guidance in developing a book idea.

Theological Librarianship

Theological Librarianship: An Online Journal of the American Theological Library Association is an open access journal publishing essays, columns, critical reviews, bibliographic essays, and peer-reviewed articles on various aspects of theological librarianship and its contribution to theological education.

Submission Information: Information about the online submission process and author guidelines, including issue deadlines, detailed descriptions of journal sections, and file formatting instructions can be found here.

Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the journal Editorial Board (editors-tl@atlanow.com) for help or guidance is developing an article idea. 

Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB)

Theology Cataloging Bulletin (TCB) contains information about new and changed Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Classification (LCC) numbers compiled from the Library of Congress's monthly lists of newly approved additions, deletions, and changes in subject headings and classifications. It also includes upcoming training opportunities, a bibliography of recently published articles, as well as other information of interest to religion/theology catalogers.

Submission Information: Proposals or ideas may be submitted anytime to the Theology Cataloging Bulletin Editor-in-Chief by sending an email to memberrep@atla.com.​