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  • Has not been published and is not under consideration at any other publication.
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Essays address trends, technologies, and practices affecting libraries and librarianship and discuss matters of significance to the profession.

Essays may take the form of:

  • opinion pieces on issues relating to theological librarianship and scholarly religious communication
  • profiles that highlight the life and work of long-time theological librarians who have shown special leadership and/or have made significant contributions to the library profession
  • descriptions of various library-related features (programs, resources, facilities, management, etc.)

Any length up to 6,000 words.

Research articles

Research articles make an original contribution to research and scholarship in theological librarianship and are subject to peer review.

Research articles may take the form of:

  • articles based on original research (using any methodology)
  • bibliographic essays discussing significant bodies of literature of interest to theological librarians and placing these in a broader intellectual and/or bibliographic context

Typically range from 4,000-12,000 words. These limits are not fixed, and authors are encouraged to consult with the editorial board if their articles fall outside this range.

Special forums

Special forums are periodically announced by the editors through a call for papers. Past forums have been organized around distance learning, exhibiting library collections on African Christianity, providing theological library services to the incarcerated, and other topics. 

Forum submissions:

  • are reviewed and curated by the editorial board and by the guest editor when there is one
  • are not subject to formal peer review 
  • do not need abstracts
  • may take the form of first-person narrative - sharing personal experiences or reflections or reporting of projects or initiatives at the author's institution
  • may take the form of third-person critique and analysis, theoretical treatments, or other conventional forms

Typically 750–1,000 words. Longer submissions will be accepted at the discretion of the editorial board or guest editor.

Critical reviews

Critical reviews primarily cover reference material in theology/religious studies (both print and electronic), electronic databases, professional library literature at the intersection of librarianship and theology/religious studies, and other items deemed appropriate by the editorial board of the journal.

Reviews typically range from 1,200-1,600 words.

Critical reviews instructions

The review should:

  • begin with a brief description of the book or online resource
  • describe the intended audience of the resource
  • discuss its strengths and weaknesses
  • assess whether the author's aims are achieved
  • provide an analysis of the author's style and presentation
  • identify whether the work has a particular perspective or presents all sides of an issue objectively
  • note whether you would recommend it for purchase
  • Include at the end the reviewer’s name and institutional affiliation 
  • Include the citation information at the beginning of the review in the following form:
    • For a book
      Author. Full title of the book. Place: Publisher, Date. Number of pages, Price. ISBN. (Example: Michael McClymond, ed. Encyclopedia of Religious Revivals in America. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007. 2 vols: 1178 pp. $225.00. Hardcover. ISBN: 0313328285 (set).)
    • For an electronic resource
      Editor, author, or compiler name (if available). Full title of the website. Name of institution/organization affiliated with the site. Date of resource creation (if available). URL, DOI or permalink. Date accessed. (Example: Cooperative Digital Resources Initiative. American Theological Library Association and Association of Theological Schools. 2003-2015. https://www2.atla.com/digitalresources/. Accessed June 2, 2017.)

Reviews must be submitted within two months of receiving the book or the book must be returned.

When you receive your review copy, please send a short confirmation notice to the critical reviews editor at editors-tl@atla.com.



Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. However, we offer the following deadlines for consideration of publication in a specific issue. Receipt of a submission by the below deadlines does not guarantee publication in a particular issue but will ensure consideration for a particularl issue. 

For the April issue, submissions must be received by:

  • November 1 - research articles, essays, and forum submissions
  • January 4 - book reviews

For the October issue, submissions must be received by:

  • June 1 - research articles, essays, and forum submissions
  • July 1 - book reviews


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