A Change Is Gonna' Come...
For the past five years, the CBA Office has been searching for a solution to update its accounting, subscription, and membership software to better serve the membership and subscribers. Finding a subscription management solution has been very challenging. CBA has decided the best solution is to separate membership services from the subscription management of the various journals.
To this end, CBA has entered into agreement with CUA Press to manage subscriptions to The Catholic Biblical Quarterly and Old Testament Abstracts. Beginning with the 2019 subscription renewals in October of this year, billing and fulfillment for CBQ and OTA will be handled by Johns Hopkins University Press (JHUP) through CUA Press. CBA maintains editorial contol of CBQ and OTA.
CBA will no longer be handing the subscriptions for New Testament Abstracts. The NTA publisher is looking for a solution for their subscription management needs
Impact on CBA members
The CBA office will now focus on membership services. Through new software, this new website has been launched. Through this website, you will have easy access to manage your membership profile and pay your annual membership dues. As a member, you still will receive The Catholic Biblical Quarterly by paying your annual membership dues. If you subscribe to Old Testament Abstracts you will receive a separate billing for that journal, but it is expected that you will be able to renew your OTA subscription through a portal on the CBA website. The OTA subscription portal will not be available until early October 2018. All billing for New Testament Abstracts will be separate from CBA and NTA will send out their own billing.
The new membership software will permit CBA to handle meeting registrations through the new website. This should simplify the registration process. The managing of the website will now be handled by the CBA office. CBA is grateful for the fine services of Felix Just, SJ who has been our webmaster for many years.
CBQ Monograph Series
CUA Press will also be handling the marketing of the CBQ Monograph Series. HFS Books will be handling distribution. Since CUA Press extensively exhibits, including at the SBL annual meeting, CBQMS will have wider exposure than it currently has.