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Atla Open Press: Theological Librarianship

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


TL's editorial workflow can be visualized in four stages: Recruitment, Review, Layout, and Release. Click the links in the columns below for further details.

CfP – Call for papers
EiC – Editor-in-Chief
OJS – Open Journal Systems
DPS – Digital Publishing Specialist (role on Atla staff)
SCDIM – Scholarly Communication and Digital Initiatives Manager (role on Atla staff)
TL – Theological Librarianship


The editorial board is responsible for actively soliciting content for upcoming issues.

  1. The editorial board organizes forums, contests, and other special features as appropriate.
  2. Editors use channels at their disposal to distribute CfPs.
  3. The reviews editor seeks out titles for review and connects these with reviewers.


Editors and peer reviewers are responsible for reviewing submissions and working with authors to ensure quality.

  1. The EiC assigns incoming submissions to editors.
  2. Editors make an initial assessment for focus and quality.
  3. Editors assign peer reviewers to submissions.
  4. After receiving peer review feedback, editors record a decision.
  5. The EiC then conducts a brief review and sends the submission to layout.


Atla staff are responsible for layout and design. The editorial board is responsible for selecting a cover image. The EiC is responsible for providing editorial content and finalizing the order of contents.

  1. The layout editor generates individual article galleys and notifies editors when these are ready for review.
  2. While galleys are being prepared, the editorial board selects a cover image and the EiC updates the front matter.
  3. As galleys become available, editors review them and request any needed changes.
  4. The layout editor makes needed changes, lays out the added editorial content, and prepares whole-issue galleys, notifying the EiC when these are ready for review.
  5. The EiC reviews full-issue galleys and requests changes if necessary.
  6. The EiC sends a message to the author providing 72 hours for review of the final copy. The author may request changes during this period. Once the author has approved the copy, or once 72 hours have elapsed without response from the author, the EiC notifies the layout editor and the DPS that galleys have been approved.


Atla staff are responsible for publishing the new issue to the website. The editorial board is responsible for promoting the release.

  1. The DPS verifies all issue metadata and publishes the new issue to the TL website.
  2. The DPS informs the EiC that the issue has been published.
  3. The EiC submits a newsletter announcement to and posts an announcement to
  4. Editors use other channels at their disposal to promote the new issue and direct authors to the Atla LibGuide for suggestions to promote their own work.


TL Workflows and Procedures for OJS 3.1.2
Prepared October 2019
Last revised April 2020

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