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Atla Open Press: 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.


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."

Papal Encyclicals, Conciliar Documents, Canon Law, etc.

For most specialized Catholic documents, as well as classical works, examples and guidelines are available from the University of Notre Dame (Australia). Please note that these examples are given in notes-bibliography style, and will require adaptation to author-date as follows:

  • Instead of a footnote with author name and short title, use an in-text citation based on the name of the author and the year, e.g.: (Francis 2015).
  • Works cited entries will be identical to the bibliography examples, except that the year of publication should be placed immediately after the author name, e.g.: Francis. 2015. Laudato si’. Vatican City: Vatican Press.

(Note that, per CMOS 11.54, classical and medieval Latin works are capitalized in sentence style, but modern works are capitalized in headline style.)

Other Sources

For most other sources, including audio interviews, social media posts, and similar, the University of Canberra has an extensive citation guide with examples specific to author-date.

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