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Atla Open Press: Style and Citation Guidelines

This guide provides information for authors, prospective authors, readers and editors of the publications of Atla Open Press

All Atla Open Press publications follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition, using the author-date format for citations. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that their manuscripts adhere to these guidelines at the time of submission. Examples of the desired format for citing common print and electronic resources are given below, alongside notes on matters of house style for points not specified by the Chicago Manual.


Note that multi-author and multi-editor works place the surname first only for the first author/editor; all subsequent authors/editors are listed with the given name first. The abbreviation "et al." should be used only for works with five or more authors/editors, and then only in the in-text citation; the works cited list should contain all names in full.


Works Cited

Gravett, Sandie L. 2018. Teaching Religion in a Changing Public University. Chicago: Atla Open Press.


(Gravett 2018, 26)

Edited Collection

Works Cited

Smiley, Bobby, ed. 2019. Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory and Praxis. Chicago: Atla Open Press.


(Smiley 2019)

Chapter in Edited Collection

Works Cited

Dickerson, G. Fay and John A. Peltz. 2006. "The Index to Religious Periodical Literature: Past, Present, and Future." In A Broadening Conversation: Classic Readings in Theological Librarianship, edited by Melody Layton McMahon and David R. Stewart, 298–305. Chicago: Atla Open Press.


(Dickerson and Peltz 2006, 301)

Translated Book

Works Cited

Akagi, Ritsuko. 2025. Atla Open Press: It's Big in Japan. Translated by Race MoChridhe. Clarendon, VT: Tuttle Publishing.


(Akagi 2025, 12)

It is best practice to include the DOI or other stable link to the reference's content where one is available. This should be a "live," clickable link in the manuscript document. (In Chicago style, the URL terminates with a period. Word processors sometimes erroneously include this in automatically generated live links, causing errors. Care should be taken to ensure that the final period has not been accidentally integrated into the link.)

Born-digital publications lacking pagination may be cited in-text with a section heading and/or paragraph number.

Journal Article

Works Cited

Johnston, Chelsea and Jason Boczar. 2019. "Scholarly Publishing Literacy at the University of South Florida Libraries: From Advising to Active Involvement." Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication 7, no. 1.

Perisho, Stephen Zenas. 2019. "Here I Fall: A Blunder in Roland Bainton's Here I Stand." Theological Librarianship 21, no. 2: 5–20.


(Johnston and Boczar 2019, para. 18)

(Perisho 2019, 7)

Book Review

Works Cited

Goodwin, Shawn Virgil. 2019. Review of A Biblical Hebrew Reference Grammar, by Christo H. J. van der Merwe, Jacobus A. Naudé, and Jan H. Kroeze. Theological Librarianship 21, no. 1: 65–7.


(Goodwin 2019, 66)

Newspaper/Magazine Article or Blog Post

Works Cited

Fruin, Christine. 2018. "The A, B, C's (and R's) of OER." The Scoop, March 6, 2018.

Hamilton, Burt. 2024. "Atla Open Press Designated New Mellon Grant Recipient." San Francisco Chronicle, April 17, 2024.


(Fruin 2018)

(Hamilton 2024, A4)

Chicago style generally permits website content to be described in the text without formal citation, i.e. "As of January 2020, the Atla website listed..." Authors may use reasonable discretion as to when a full citation is required by the obscurity or specificity of the material, as well as when it is justified by the permanence of the online source.

Undated pages will list "n.d." in place of a year, and should include "Accessed Month DD, YYYY." before the URL. An accessed date is not required for a dated webpage.

Note that URLs terminate with a period. Please ensure that live links embedded in the manuscript document do not erroneously include this period.

Works Cited

Atla. n.d. "Donate Issues for Digitization." Accessed February 6, 2020.

Society of Biblical Literature. 2020. "Biblical Fonts."


(Atla n.d.)

(Society of Biblical Literature 2020)

Doctoral Dissertation

Works Cited

Kellner, Richard. 2035. "How Atla Open Press Influenced a Generation of Open Access Publishers." PhD diss., Sorbonne University.


(Kellner 2035, 247)

Master's Thesis

Works Cited

Uaine, Deirdre. 2022. "Atla Open Press and the Contemporary Scottish Publishing Scene: A Comparative Workflow Analysis." Master's thesis, Simon Fraser University.


(Uaine 2022, 112)

Personal Communications

Personal communications are not included in the works cited list. They may be described in the text itself or included as an in-text citation, as follows:

"In an email to the author, MoChridhe stated that personal communications could be omitted from the works cited list."

"MoChridhe (email to author, February 6, 2020) stated that personal communications can be omitted from the works cited list."

Other Sources

For less-common sources, including audio interviews, social media posts, and similar, consult the online resources provided by the Chicago Manual.

House Style

Prior to 2019, Atla was commonly known as the American Theological Library Association, often abbreviated as ATLA. This sometimes raises questions for authors referencing the Association both before and after the change.

Any reference to Atla programs or events before 2019 may use the previous brand identity—American Theological Library Association (ATLA). When specifically in reference to our annual conference from 1947–2018, please use “ATLA Annual Conference”; conferences happening from 2019 onward should be referred to as “Atla Annual”. With the names of committees, task forces, and other institutional bodies and titles that disbanded, concluded work, or were otherwise retired before 2019, “ATLA” is retained, while those that continued through 2019 may be paired with “Atla”. For example, one would write that “ATLA had an Executive Secretary from 1956 to 1991” (when that job title was changed), but that “Atla has had a Director of Member Services since 1991” (because that title is still in use).

If alternating between the present and past usages impairs the clarity of the submission, however, the author may choose to standardize all usages to the present form, in which case the following statement should be included in-text or as a note to the first occurrence: “Established in 1946 as the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the membership organization introduced a new brand system and assumed the new name Atla in 2019. This [ARTICLE, REVIEW, ETC.] chooses to refer to Atla with its new name and will reference past events and programs using the new brand identity.”

Within the works cited list or any in-text citations containing a short title, titles of books, articles, journals, etc. should appear in their original script without transliteration. Translations of titles should appear in brackets following the original language. Author names always appear transliterated in the alphabetized list; where possible, original script forms should be given in brackets afterward.

Cho, Chae-sun. 2011. “일본의 학부과정 도서관학 교육 형성과정에 관한 연구 [A Study on the Developmental Process of University-based Librarianship Education in Japan].” 한국문헌정보학회지 [Journal of the Korean Society for Library and Information Science] 45, no. 2: 230.

Within the body of the manuscript, titles of books, articles, journals, etc., may appear transliterated or translated where the author sees fit. If a title is given in both original script (or transliteration) and a translation, these may appear in either order, with the second element in parentheses. The same practice may be followed for names, specialized terms or phrases, etc.

"​An important resource for librarians supporting Jewish studies is the library of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research (יידישער וויסנשאפטלעכער אינסטיטוט)."


Bios for inclusion in Atla Open Press publications should be no more than 150 words and should include the author's name and present position, followed by a statement of experience or credentials relevant to the submission. For example:

"Arthur Beispiel, MLIS, is the Online Training Librarian at the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, where he has taught courses on academic self-presentation for more than fifteen years. His past work on academic bios has appeared in The New International Journal of Immoderate Prolixity and Lakon, while his other interests include administrative rhetoric and the use of hauntological devices for argument summation in the closing sentences of German and Latin paragraphs."

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