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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.
  • If images are included, full attribution or citation has been 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.
  • 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).

Testimony is a first-person narrative of an experience, process, project, or something learned that is of interest to technical services staff. The text should be engaging and personal, while remaining professional, and fall between 1000 and 2500 words. This is not a scholarly article and does not need an abstract or bibliography, though a brief list of references for further information may be included. The introduction should include what the problem or situation was, why it was a problem, and how you addressed the problem (with the project), if this is appropriate. Use the introduction to introduce yourself, the institution and library (if appropriate), and the collection. Consider the audience to whom you are writing. Most readers work in some aspect of technical services, whether that be acquisitions, cataloging, electronic resources, serials, or all of the above. They understand the terminology and tools used in the technical services environment but may need tools and resources familiar in other areas (language, theology, rare works, etc.) briefly explained.



Unsolicited submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.


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 you are new to the process, you can view a brief video tutorial on submitting materials via OJS.

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, posters, and similar materials cannot be accepted for direct publication, but are encouraged to be linked in the submitted manuscript if available online.


Policies, Costs, and Author Rights

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.

Other items, such as news of upcoming events, suggestions of articles on technical services issues, reviews of publications, reports on committee work done on behalf of the Technical Services Section, opinions on cataloging policies and practices, bibliographies, cataloging cartoons and anecdotes, how-to and how-not-to advice, workshop reports, summaries of papers, questions and answers on topics of concern, local cataloging department news, evaluations of software, hardware, cataloging tools and products, web sites, etc. should be submitted to the “News” section.