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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 in Microsoft Word (DOCX), Open/Libre Office (ODT), or rich text (RTF) format.
  • The submission uses only Unicode fonts (this includes Times New Roman, Arial, and most common fonts found in Microsoft Office and other major suites; consult a full list of Unicode fonts if you are unsure whether your fonts are Unicode-compliant). SBL Hebrew and SBL Greek, both freely available, are preferred for those languages. If specialized fonts are necessary to your manuscript, please state this at the time of submission. In that case, the author will be required to provide fonts for production and publication and also to supply proof that the fonts are available for this use via an open license, or else that permissions have been granted through a purchased license agreement or otherwise obtained from the owner.
  • 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 indicate this in the "Comments for the Editor" field during the submission process so that alternative arrangements can be made, or contact us in advance at tcb@myatla.org.
  • 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).
  • 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.

Perspectives & Practices

Perspectives & Practices is a collection of first-person narratives that incorporate an experience, process, project, or trend report related to an aspect of technical services. Potential topics include acquisitions, cataloging and metadata, serials and electronic resources (including open access resources), collection management, digital archives, and leadership and management in technical services. Authors may describe a project with a particular challenge, provide a first-hand account of a conference or training session, outline a process followed in their work, or report on a trend in the field of technical services.  

The text should be engaging and personal while remaining professional. This is not a scholarly article and does not need an abstract or bibliography. If citations are used, however, we ask that you comply with the Chicago Manual of Style author-date format. Authors are encouraged to include links or references for further reading and exploration of the topics they engage in. Submissions should fall between 1000 and 2500 words; conference or training write-ups and trend reports may be fewer than 1000 words.

Please consult with the Atla Open Press House Style Guidelines prior to submitting your article. 


Brief reviews of 200-500 words on open source and proprietary software, library management systems, and other tools and resources implemented and utilized to support acquiring, maintaining, and providing access to information resources. Reviews should address available features and tested applications as well as potential drawbacks or missing functionalities. 


Unsolicited submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. However, for consideration for a particular issue, please submit by the following dates:

January issue – by Sept. 1

April issue – by Dec. 1

August issue – by Apr. 1

October issue – by June 1

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.

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

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

Authors grant Atla an exclusive right of first publication, display, and distribution, while retaining all other rights. All Atla Open Press publications are released under a Creative Commons CC-BY-NC license.