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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.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another publication for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The text is formatted in accordance with the guidelines provided in the Submission Instructions.
  • An abstract has been included.
  • The body of the submission is at least 250 words.
  • The full names of all panelists or other co-presenters, including institutional affiliations, have been included and checked for spelling and accuracy.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format. PDF format will not be accepted.
  • The text is single-spaced and complies with the typeface style and size guidelines in the Submission Instructions.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • Any included images are either the property of the submitter, licensed for use (e.g., Creative Commons), used with permission of the rightsholder or are otherwise free of copyright or other restrictions against reuse. Attribution for all images are included in the text of your submission.
  • If your submission includes references, they must be formatted as endnotes. Submissions with footnotes will not be accepted and will be returned to the submitter.

Thank you for presenting at the Atla Annual Conference. The Summary of Proceedings is the official record of the Atla Annual Conference, and, as an open access publication, it is an opportunity to present the projects and scholarship of Atla and its members to a diverse, worldwide audience. Your work is a valuable contribution to the professional development of theological librarians, and Atla expects and appreciates high quality, substantive submissions that reflect the Association's core purpose and values.

What to Submit
All submissions must be completed through the OJS site for Summary of Proceedings. We no longer accept submissions by email or other means. Failure to follow these instructions or to submit by the due date specified below will result in omission of your paper from the Proceedings.

Only papers from the following conference sessions will be accepted for publication in Proceedings:

  • Preconference Workshops
  • Papers and Presentations
  • Panel Discussions
  • Conversation Groups
  • Listen and Learn Sessions
  • Lightning Round Presentation
  • In Conference Workshops
  • Posters
  • Worship

Annual reports from interest groups, committees, task forces, and denominational groups will now be published in the new Atla Annual Yearbook. See https://serials.atla.com/yearbook/about/submissions for instructions on how to submit these reports to the Yearbook.

How to Submit
To submit your paper to Proceedings, you will need to register (if you have not done so already) and login at http://serials.atla.com/proceedings. Once logged in you will visit the Submissions page or your User Dashboard and select “Start a New Submission,” which will take you to the Submission form where you will select the type of submission you are making, add details about your submission and then upload your document. You can view a brief video tutorial on submitting materials on OJS at https://vimeo.com/270745239.

For group or panel presentations or other papers with multiple authors, only one person needs to complete the submission process.

Please be sure to include complete author, presenter, or submitter name, institutional affiliation, and role where appropriate (e.g., Committee Chair) with all submissions. Accurate and complete information is the responsibility of the submitter. ATLA is not responsible for any errors in spelling of or omission of the names of presenters or authors. 

Slide decks, such as those created in Microsoft PowerPoint, will not be accepted for publication in Proceedings. We strongly recommend you upload the presentation to your SCHED (https://atla2019.sched.com/) so that readers can view it there.

All submissions from the 2019 Atla Conference must be made by SEPTEMBER 27, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding your submission, please e-mail memberrep@atla.com or call us at 888-665-ATLA (outside North America 312-454-5100).

Format of Submissions
All submissions will be reformatted according to the Proceedings style. Please use the following guidelines to ensure that your paper will be faithfully represented in the Proceedings and easy to reformat. If you have questions about grammar, style, usage, etc., consult the Chicago Manual of Style, which is the primary source for Atla’s publication style.

Abstracts – All submissions must include an abstract. Please enter the abstract both in the Submission form of OJS as well as in the body of your submitted document.

Word Count -- All submissions must be at least 250 words, not including the abstract, except as approved by the Proceedings Editor in Chief.

Typeface - Only standard/Western fonts will be accepted. If specialized fonts are necessary to your manuscript, please notify the Editor in Chief at the time of proposal submission. If specialized fonts are required, the author will be required to provide them for production and publication and also supply proof that the fonts are available for use whether by open license, obtained permissions or purchased license agreement that covers the proposed use.

If you have headings, please keep the different heading size consistent. You may use the following to help with consistency:

  • Main body text: 10pt
  • Title and byline: 18pt
  • Major section heading: 16pt
  • Subheading in major section: 14pt
  • Second-level subheading in major section: 14pt italics

Images - All images must be uploaded as separate files and also be included in line with the text of your document as you want them to appear. Images must either be your own, licensed for use (e.g., Creative Commons), used with permission of the rightsholder or otherwise be free of copyright or other restrictions against reuse. Attribution for all images must be included in the text of your submission. Images or graphics with dark backgrounds and color graphics do not reproduce well.

Endnotes - Please consult the Chicago Manual of Style for format of references in your submission. Authors are responsible for ensuring that citations and references are in proper Chicago Manual of Style format.