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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  • The submission is previously unpublished (prior conference presentation or posting of drafts on a site dedicated for open peer review is not considered ‘publication’ for these purposes) and not under consideration at any other publication.
  • The submission files are named with a short form of the submission’s title based on the first three major words (e.g., the file for a submission titled “The Future of Theological Libraries” might be FutureTheologicalLibraries.docx). Supporting files, such as images, tables, etc. indicate the type of supporting material after an underscore, with a number if there are multiple files of the same kind (e.g., the third image supporting the above submission might be FutureTheologicalLibraries_Image3.png). No file name should exceed 50 characters. (Note: The OJS system may alter the name of your file during upload, particularly by appending your user name. During the upload process, please click the pencil-and-paper editing icon next to the file name on the "Review Details" screen to correct this and ensure that the final, uploaded file name conforms to these guidelines.)
  • During the upload process, titles are entered in title capitalization (not sentence capitalization or all capitals) and abstracts are in roman text (not bold or italic; italics for specific words and phrases within the abstract are permitted).
  • The submission is in Microsoft Word (DOCX), Open/Libre Office (ODT), or rich text (RTF) format.
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  • The submission includes an abstract of 100–150 words.
  • The text includes a byline consisting of the name, position, and institution for each contributing author, as applicable (e.g., “Jane Smith, Metadata Librarian, Utopos Seminary”).
  • All citations in the submission conform to the current Chicago Manual of Style using the in-line author-date format, with endnotes retained only for commentary or other ancillary, discursive, or explanatory content.
  • Any images for publication must comply with the Atla Open Press Visual Materials Guidelines. Please review these guidelines prior to submitting image content. If it is not possible to provide your image(s) in compliance with these guidelines, please contact us at at proceedings@myatla.org.
  • If visual material is included, full attribution or citation must be be provided within the text of the submission (including title, artist, etc., as well as the URL if the image came from a website). If the image is reproduced with permission of the copyright holder, evidence of such permission should be attached as a separate file during the submission process. If the image is licensed via Creative Commons, or if the author has reason to believe that the image is otherwise available for use (public domain, fair use, etc.) this should be stated in the comments field during the submissions process.

Thank you for presenting at Atla Annual. The Summary of Proceedings is the official record of Atla Annual and an opportunity to present the projects and scholarship of Atla and its members to a diverse, worldwide audience. Your work is a valuable contribution to the professional development of theological librarians, and Atla expects and appreciates high quality, substantive submissions that reflect the Association's core purpose and values.

The Proceedings are open only to persons who presented at Atla Annual. If you are submitting a report on behalf of an interest group, denominational group, or committee report, please see the Atla Yearbook. Persons interested in otherwise writing for an Atla publication are encouraged to visit our open access journals Theological Librarianship and TCB.

Only papers from the following conference sessions will be accepted for publication in Proceedings:

  • preconference workshops
  • papers and presentations
  • panel discussions
  • conversation groups
  • listen-and-learn sessions
  • lightning round presentation
  • in-conference workshops
  • posters
  • worship

All Proceedings submissions must be at least 250 words.


The text of each submission should be written as a self-contained prose article. Slide decks and speaker’s notes cannot be accepted for submission as-is. While different session types will take different forms when adapted for publication, all submissions should be written so as to convey the essential content of the session in a professional tone. Some specific tips:

  • Omit phrases addressing the audience, such as salutations or invitations to participate. The text should not resemble a transcription of the live event.
  • The body of the text should consist chiefly of full sentences, rather than bulleted lists of talking points.
  • Directing the reader to multimedia resources (e.g., providing a link to online content) is highly encouraged, but the submission should still read as complete in itself without requiring the reader to access outside content before reading on.

If you wish to include visual material (e.g., photos, charts, tables) with your submission, you must review the Atla Open Press Visual Materials Guidelines prior to creating and making your submission.

Finally, we ask submitters to please review the Atla Open Press House Style Guidelines for further guidance on how to submit to Atla in historical contexts, inclusive language best practices, and interpretations of the Chicago Manual of Style that are application to our publications.


All submissions are due by July 15 of the year in which the conference was held.


Submission Instructions

To submit a manuscript, you will need to register (if you have not done so already) and log into our Open Journal Systems (OJS) submission system. You may then visit the Submissions page or your User Dashboard and select Start a New Submission, which will take you to the Submission form where you will select the type of submission you are making, add details about your submission, and upload your document. Please attend or watch a recording of one of our webinars on submitting to the Proceedings.

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

Please be sure to include the complete author, presenter, or submitter name, as well as institutional affiliation and role where appropriate, with all submissions. Accurate and complete information is the responsibility of the submitter. Atla is not responsible for any spelling errors or for the omission of names of presenters or authors. 

Presentation slides and other audiovisual aids cannot be accepted for direct publication, but are encouraged to be linked in the submitted manuscript if available online. We strongly recommend that you upload such presentation files to your SCHED so that readers can view them there.


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