Member Organization · United States

Atla Open Press

Christine Fruin, Scholarly Communication & Digital Initiatives Manager

Program Overview

Atla Open Press publishes open access books, journals, and other serials covering subjects at the intersection of librarianship and religious and theological studies that potentially impact libraries, that guide and support innovative library services, that enhance professional development for religious studies and theological librarians, and that represent specialized topics of interest in religion and theology relevant to the work of libraries in supporting the instruction and research.
  • Publishing activities began: 2008
  • Stage of publishing efforts: 3 - Established
  • Open access focus: Central to mission
  • Portion of Open Access publications: All
  • Publishing Languages: English

Program Organization

  • Organization of publishing services: Organization (e.g., non-profit association, library consortia) that provides or supports library publishing activities on behalf of its library members
  • Advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Total staffing in Full Time Equivalents (FTE): 2
  • Individual people: 2

Publishing Activities

  • Conference papers and proceedings
  • Databases
  • Educational resources
  • Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
  • Journals
  • Monographs
  • Newsletters

Journal Publishing:
  • Journals published: 6
  • Contracted by external groups: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 2
Monograph/Book Publishing:
  • Monographs published: 3
  • Peer-reviewed: 1
Open Educational Resources Publishing:
  • Open Educational Resources: 1


Top Publications:
  • Bivocational and Beyond: Educating for Thriving Multivocational Ministry
  • Introduction to Theological Libraries
  • Theological Librarianship
  • TCB: Technical Services in Religion & Theology
  • Information Literacy and Theological Librarianship: Theory & Praxis
Disciplinary Specialties:
  • librarianship
  • teaching of religion and theology
  • theological studies


  • Other publishing entities administered by your library: No
  • Other publishing entities within your library’s parent institution: No
  • Program’s openness to working with external partners: Consider external partners but only if in our disciplinary specialty
  • Types of publications should other publishers refer to your program: works that pertain to librarianship or the support of teaching and learning in religion and/or theology as pertains to information science/librarianship
  • Part of a consortium which provides support for publishing? (e.g. platform, funding): No

Technologies & Services

Media Formats:
  • images
  • multimedia
  • text
Software & Platforms:
  • OJS
  • OMP

Additional Services:
  • author advisory - other
  • author advisory - copyright
  • Indexing services (e.g. assistance with journal application for DOAJ)
  • Developmental and/or substantive editing
  • DOI distribution
  • cataloging
  • contract/license preparation
  • copyediting
  • DOI assignment/allocation of identifiers
  • image services
  • ISBN registry
  • ISSN registry
  • marketing
  • metadata
  • peer review management
  • print-on-demand
  • training
  • typesetting
Digital Preservation Strategy:
  • In-house
  • Portico


Additional Information

Future Plans:
We are investigating solutions for hosting supplementary materials and for supporting multimodal publications. We are also in the early development of a centrally managed institutional repository in which our member libraries can host and publish ETDs and other institutional output such as faculty papers and conference papers.