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Scalar: An Introduction: Publish Your Scalar Book

This is a short introductory guide to using the Scalar publishing platform.

Accessibility

Use these tools and resources to ensure that your Scalar Book will be accessible for all audiences.

Publish Your Scalar Book

Scalar automatically sets your book’s URL to private while you work. To make your book viewable by the public, navigate to the Properties tab of the book Dashboard.

Under Permissions select “No login required” and “Can be found in Scalar index and by search engines.”

Now your book can be viewed by anyone. This action can be reversed at any time.

The Properties tab of the book Dashboard.

Other Publishing Options

If you want to make your book visible only to a select group—beta readers or students in your class—simply add readers under the “Users” tab in the Book Dashboard by selecting Add new user. Each user should first create an account with Scalar. Once they have done this, you will be able to search for them by name and add them to your book as reader, reviewer, commentator, or editor.

Hidden and Visible Content

“Visible” pages are those that are prepared to be viewed. However, if you have not changed your permissions or invited users to read, this does not mean that your book is able to be accessed.

“Hidden” content is visible only to book users—you and your editorial team. If your work is already published, but you’re working on new content, draft it on a hidden page. Beware of keeping around previous drafts of your work on hidden pages, or items with similar titles, as you might accidentally create broken links and dead ends for your readers.

Before publishing your book, check that all items that are visible are meant to be visible and that all links in the text go to the intended page.

Editorial Workflow

If you have at least two users on a book—one Author and one Editor—you can use Scalar’s editorial workflow to manage your project.

Some features include:

  • Editorial state tracking: Track the state of items as they move between authors and editors, or change the status of multiple items at once
  • “Track changes” style edit highlighting: Proposed changes, including media formatting, are made visible in the text editor, allowing them to be accepted or rejected
  • Informal usage rights tracking: Track whether rights have been secured for each piece of content in the book
  • Edition Management: Editors can publish the current state of a book as an “edition.” Future changes will not be incorporated into the book until a new edition is published, which can be done whenever is necessary.

Scalar’s editorial workflow, showing the six stages and the actions taken by both authors and editors in each.

Image Credit: Scalar 2 User's Guide, "Editorial Workflow Steps."