About the Press

The open access monograph publishing program was conceived in 2014 as a means of publishing open access books that were relevant to the study and practice of theological librarianship. Currently the mission of the program is publication of open access works on subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries. We seek to provide resources that guide and support innovative library services and enhance professional development. Titles published by Books@Atla Open Press fall within three categories: Scholarly Editions, Association Editions and Reprints: 

Scholarly Editions

Books published as Scholarly Editions represent new and creative research on topics that impact what theological and religious studies librarians do and how they do it. 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. Consideration and publication of works as Scholarly Editions require submission of formal proposals as detailed at in our submission guidelines and are subject to the review and approval by an Editorial Board that oversees the review, selection, editing and publication of books as Scholarly Editions. The Editorial Board aims to select and publish 2–3 new titles per year.

Questions about Scholarly Editions should be directed to the Editorial Board at openbooks@myatla.org.

Association Editions

These works aim to assist theological and religious studies librarians in their day-to-day work and professional development and may include white papers, handbooks, and other reference-type materials. These works are written by, at the direction of, or in consultation with Atla's staff and often with the assistance of committees, task forces or outside experts.

Questions about Association Editions should be directed to Atla at connect@atla.com.


These previously published print books have been deemed to have value to the profession of theological and religious studies librarianship and therefore important to re-release as open access online editions. Reprints are selected at the discretion of Atla and are digitized and published in their original form with permission of the copyright holder where necessary.

Conflicts of Interest

Atla Open Press requires that all parties involved in a publication—including authors, peer reviewers, volume editors, guest editors and editorial board members—declare any potential conflicts of interest 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 and personal relationship with guest editors, volume editors, editorial board members or Atla staff.

Atla staff, by matter of employee policy, are ineligible to author works or serve as an editor for member-edited Atla Open Press publications, including Theological Librarianship, TCB: Technical Services in Religion & Theology, and Books@Atla Open Press. Members of Atla’s Board of Directors are permitted to author submissions to publications of Atla Open Press or to serve as a specially appointed editor for a special forum or contributed volume but will not receive any honorarium or other compensation for this service.

Open Access Policy and Copyright

Titles published with Books@Atla Open Press are published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license (CC-BY-NC 4.0 International) unless otherwise specified. Readers are welcome to download, copy, share, and modify works provided that full attribution to the original work is given and reuse is not for commercial purposes.

Copyright in Scholarly Editions is held by the author; copyright in Association Editions is held by Atla. Copyright in reprints remains with the original copyright holder with permission granted to Atla to make the digital version of the work available open access under the CC-BY-NC license.

Works will be made available in EPUB and PDF format with some titles also available as Print on Demand for a reasonable price.

Authors or volume editors will receive an author agreement within two weeks of proposal acceptance. The  long form agreement used for edited collections and single author works is derived from the Model Publishing Contract for Digital Scholarship.

Plagiarism and Misconduct

Atla Open Press does not tolerate plagiarism, copyright infringement, inaccurate attributions, failure to disclose conflicts of interest, or libel. All manuscripts submitted to Atla Open Press are checked by iThenticate prior to being accepted for publication.

Concerns regarding observed plagiarism or misconduct in any Atla Open Press publication should be directed to connect@atla.com.

Preservation Policy

Books published as Scholarly Editions and Association Editions are archived by Portico as part of a partnership between Atla Open Press and Portico. Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publicly accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

Privacy Policy

The data collected from registered and non-registered users of this site falls within the scope of the standard functioning of scholarly publishing. It includes information that makes communication possible for the editorial process; it is used to inform readers about the authorship and editing of content; it enables collecting aggregated data on readership behaviors, as well as tracking geopolitical and social elements of scholarly communication.

The Press' editorial team and Atla staff use this data to guide their work in publishing and improving this publication. Data that will assist in developing the OMP publishing platform may be shared with its developer Public Knowledge Project in an anonymized and aggregated form, with appropriate exceptions such as article metrics. The data will not be sold by this the Press, Atla, or PKP nor will it be used for purposes other than those stated here.

Those involved in editing, publishing and hosting this journal seek to be compliant with industry standards for data privacy, including the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provision for 'data subject rights' that include (a) breach notification; (b) right of access; (c) the right to be forgotten; (d) data portability; and (e) privacy by design.