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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 proposal includes a general description of the proposed book, including a brief overview of its subject matter, why it is needed/useful, who the intended audience is, how it would differ from any similar titles already on the market, and how it contributes to the existing body of scholarship.
  • The proposal includes a prospective table of contents with brief chapter summaries and indication of any additional noteworthy features (appendices, translations, datasets, etc.).
  • The proposal includes an expected completion date or desired date of publication.
  • The proposal includes the author or editor's current CV, including full name and contact information.
  • Any potential conflicts of interest have been declared to ensure that all parties are appropriately informed of any relevant considerations while they work on a submission. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include prior publication, personal relationship with guest editors, volume editors or editorial board members or Atla staff, personal convictions that may have a bearing on the work, etc.

Author Guidelines


Only book proposals may be submitted; we do not accept full manuscripts before a proposal has been accepted. Books@Atla Open Press is interested in proposals that represent new and creative research on topics that impact what theological and religious studies librarians do and how they do it. Proposals on tangentially related subjects must make a case for why the proposed book would be relevant, germane, and important to theology and religious studies librarianship. Please note that Books@Atla Open Press does not publish PhD dissertations, DMin projects, or other terminal degree theses as such; to be considered for publication, these works must be revised or otherwise modified to make them appealing to the wider audience of Atla and beyond.


Unsolicited submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

Proposals will be reviewed by the editorial board within a reasonable time after submission for their fit with the vision, mission, and scope of Atla Open Press. Once a decision has been made, you will receive notification by email.

If your proposal is accepted, you will be invited to submit a full manuscript per the terms of the author agreement and manuscript preparation guidelines, which you will receive alongside an expected timeline for completion and review of your manuscript. Please note that acceptance of a book proposal does not guarantee publication.


Prospective authors are encouraged to contact the editor-in-chief in advance of submitting a full proposal for help or guidance in developing a book idea.

To submit a proposal, you will need to register (if you have not done so already) and log into our Open Monograph Press (OMP) submission system. You may then click Start a New Submission to provide details about your proposal and upload your document.

If there are multiple authors/editors, only one needs to complete the submission process.


Atla Open Press is committed to a peer-reviewed open access publication model without article processing charges, article submission charges, or other author fees.

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