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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.
  • 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.
  • A statement connecting the proposed book to the scope of Books@Atla Open Press. 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 related subjects must make a case for why the proposed book would be relevant, germane, and important to theology and religious studies librarianship.
  • A prospective table of contents with brief chapter summaries and indication of noteworthy features (appendices, translations, datasets, etc.).

    If the proposal is based on a terminal degree thesis, include a description of the revisions and modifications planned to make it appealing to Atla Open Press’s readership

    If the prospective table of contents includes any previously published content, include a full citation and written rationale for why it needs to be included in the work. Attach a copy of a signed author agreement for the previously published material documenting that the author has retained the right to publish the prior work in subsequent open access publications under a CC-BY-NC license.
  • A writing sample: a chapter or introduction excerpt of at least 2000 words or an excerpt from a previous publication by the proposer.
  • An expected completion date or desired date of publication.
  • CVs or resumes for the proposer and all other known authors and/or editors, including full names and contact information.
  • A statement of the proposer’s experience and/or readiness for the project. For all proposals this should include relevant work experience, presentations, and publications leading to this proposal. For multi-author works or edited volumes, this also needs to include relevant experience managing a publication project of this nature and any past experience working collaboratively with co-authors or co-editors.
  • Names and contact information for three individuals with relevant expertise in the subject matter. These individuals may be asked to act as peer reviewers of the proposal or advanced readers of the manuscript.
  • 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. Please see the checklist above for all required elements of a proposal.

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.

When the Book@Atla Open Press Editorial Board accepts a proposal to establish a scholarly monograph series, a Series Editor is named from information provided in the proposal. Series Editors have a defined role and responsibilities.  A Volume Editor is named in an accepted book proposal for a multi-author work. Volume Editors also have a defined role and responsibilities.


Proposals 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.

Proposal Submission Instructions

Prospective authors and volume editors are encouraged to contact the editorial board 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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