Journals and multi-author works are evaluated for inclusion in the ATLA Religion Database® (ATLA RDB®) based on member, publisher, and scholar recommendations. Journals included in ATLA RDB are eligible for consideration toward inclusion in ATLA's full-text collections of journals ATLASerials® (ATLAS®) and ATLASerials PLUS™ (ATLAS PLUS™).

ATLA staff conduct journal evaluations. Evaluation criteria taken into consideration by our knowledgeable team of Subject Matter Experts, with an array of language skills and subject expertise, include: 

  • Peer-reviewed status of the journal and overall academic merit.

  • Intended audience, that is, whether the journal is chiefly aimed at theology school faculty and students, researchers in college and university religious programs, religious leaders, laity, and/or the general public.

  • Overall contribution a given title would make to the ATLA RDB.

  • Subject matter compared to the scope of the ATLA RDB -- that is, whether the primary focus of the journal deepens or expands the coverage of the index.

  • Secondary subject foci as they relate to religion and theology (such as, anthropology, law, psychology, etc.).

  • Format and content of the journal -- that is, preferred publications contain or consist primarily of research articles, bibliographies, and/or book reviews. 

  • Coverage in other abstracting or indexing databases, with special consideration to small-press titles and titles not indexed elsewhere, although a title that is indexed elsewhere is not excluded by policy.

  • Established and consistent publishing record.

To recommend a journal for evaluation, send the title with ISSN and publisher information to If you are the publisher, please send a copy of at least the two most recent issues for evaluation.

A journal must have been in publication for at least two consecutive years to be eligible for evaluation.

Recommendations and journal issues may also be sent to:

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